"He's frugal when it comes to himself," Ogden's father said.

Hall of Fame-bound

For a kid who idolized the Hogs, Ogden moves more like a cat.

A big fan of the Washington Redskins' smash-mouth offensive line growing up, Ogden has redefined the position with his ability to run as well as he can hit. The Ravens estimate that one-third of running back Jamal Lewis' 3,302 career yards have come behind Ogden.

One of the offensive staples this season has been Ogden pulling on sweep plays and being the lead blocker 10 yards downfield for Lewis.

"When you see something like that, you realize that's why he's gone to the Pro Bowl and why he's going to go to the Hall of Fame," Flynn said. "There's only a handful of guys in the history of the game with his size and the way he can move."

Said Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil: "He is so big, but he can play like a guy that plays the same position 30 pounds lighter."

USA Today's Sports Weekly recently rated Ogden as the No. 1 player in the league.

"He's the best in the game," Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said.

Over his career, Ogden's highlights have included: routine one-armed takedowns of defensive ends; sprinting nearly the length of the field to catch St. Louis Rams cornerback Taje Allen and prevent an interception return for a touchdown; and clearing a path by knocking down two players on a goal-line play against Dallas.

"There's nothing he can't do," Billick said. "He can make a mistake and he's so athletic that he can recover in a way most people can't."

When the Tennessee Titans announced they would move Jevon Kearse to the left side, Ogden's father said, "You better get in shape because you got Jevon this year."

Ogden smiled back at him and said, "That's not my problem. That's Jevon's problem."

Retirement plan?

Ogden has given thought about the end of the line.

The cornerstone of the franchise with linebacker Ray Lewis, Ogden has been thinking long term because he turns 30 next year and recently got engaged. With a contract that extends through the 2006 season, he has yet to decide whether to play beyond that year.

"[The future] always goes through my mind," Ogden said. "I don't have a whole lot more, maybe three, four or five years. It depends on me wanting to still play. Right now, I still love playing. But who knows in four years?"

History says he can last longer. He has never had a major surgery and has started 112 of the Ravens' 116 regular-season games at one of the game's toughest positions, including 46 straight.

And come game days, everyone knows where Ogden's heart and head will be: adding another chapter to his storied career and spiral notebook.

"He says four years, but I think he'll wind up playing more than that," his father said. "Unless he finds something that really captures his passion, I don't think he's going to leave it as soon as he thinks he will."