"He's the temper tantrum king on the team," center Mike Flynn said. "There's nothing better when you walk off the field after a tough series and you see J.O. throwing his helmet. When a helmet is getting thrown, that means there is going to be some butt-kicking going on the next series.

"I've learned a lot from him, especially on Sundays, on how you can be so involved in a game and care so much about winning that you lay it out on the line."

He always wears his emotions on his long, 35-inch sleeves, and his most memorable outburst captured the despair of the Ravens' touchdown drought in 2000.

After quarterback Tony Banks threw a costly interception at the goal line in Washington, Ogden yanked his helmet off, threw it and kicked it despite playing with a sprained ankle.

"I understand at times that people are going to get beat or a receiver is not going to get open," Ogden said. "But the little things that we shouldn't do irritate me more than anything else. I just hate losing."

Ogden's desire can be traced back to the first time he strapped on a helmet.

As a fifth-grader standing about 5 feet 8, Ogden had three weeks to lose 15 pounds to make weight for the little league team. Despite hours of running and sitting in a sauna, he missed the 125-pound cutoff by 3 pounds and couldn't play in a game after a month of practicing.

"He was just so hurt because he really wanted to play football," his father, Shirrel, said. "I think that might have been when he first kind of started enjoying football."

Three years later, Ogden finally could take the field, and the rest is NFL lineman history.

"It was very gratifying to see him out there enjoying himself," his father said, "doing what all his friends had been doing for years."

'Frugal' with his money

The only thing Ogden protects better than his quarterback is his wallet.

His teammates and family members joke with him constantly about being cheap.

"Frugal is his choice of words," his father said.

When the linemen go out to eat, the bill doesn't get passed down to Ogden without a fight.

"With J.O., it's usually going to be Dutch," left guard Edwin Mulitalo said. "That has been the issue for so long that we've pretty much accepted it. He likes to know where he is spending his money."

That perception is sort of a bad rap.

Over the past couple of years, he has been splurging on an 11,000-square-foot house that is being built on a golf course in Las Vegas. Some of the perks will be a home theater and gym.

Beyond that, he spends more on his family than himself.

When he received a contract extension in 2000, he used some of his $12 million signing bonus to buy his father a Mercedes. When he goes to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, he pays for at least 10 relatives and friends to share in his reward.