Ogden will go down as one of the more respected linemen in NFL history.

Coaches such as Brian Billick, Bill Cowher and Mike Nolan recently talked about Ogden's being a lock for the Hall of Fame. And pass rushers such as Jason Taylor, Simeon Rice, Joey Porter and Aaron Schobel have called Ogden one of the best to play the game.

"Not only did he redefine the position of left tackle in the NFL; he also set the standard for what it means to be a Baltimore Raven," Ravens president Dick Cass said. "Years from now, when Baltimore is talking about its greatest sports legends, Jonathan will be part of that discussion along with Cal Ripken, Johnny Unitas and Ray Lewis."

Ravens defensive lineman Trevor Pryce remembered his only game against Ogden, playing him as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2005 just one season removed from having an injured back.

Said Pryce: "I tried to throw him off. ... In the middle of the play, he said: `You can't do that. Your back's hurt. Are you all right?'"

Pryce then added, "In my 11 years of playing, he is by far the best I've ever played against."

Newsome agreed with that assessment.

"I've had the opportunity to be in this league for over 30 years, but in my opinion, there is not a player that played his position as well as Jonathan Ogden played his position," Newsome said.

Ogden has usually shied away from talking about his place in history.

When it comes to players who defined the position of offensive tackle, Ogden thinks of Anthony Munoz instead of himself.

"If people want to say I was the next one to redefine it, I'm very happy with that," he said. "I'm not going to be too modest anymore. I'm retiring."

Ogden made it clear his retirement is final and a comeback "won't be happening."

He wants to hang around the team and help offensive tackles Jared Gaither and Adam Terry. He will stay involved in his charity foundation in Baltimore.

"I know I gave everything I had in 12 years," Ogden said. "I left it out there every Sunday on the field for this town, myself and this organization. I can look back and say I have no regrets. I'm at peace with that."