By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
6:02 PM EST, February 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS --
Newly-minted Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden will have a role with the Ravens prior to tonight's Super Bowl.
He's an honorary game captain for the AFC champions and will be on the 50-yard line for today's coin toss.
This marks retiring inside linebacker Ray Lewis' final football game.
"Ray Lewis is one of the best," Ogden said. "Ray Lewis has always been the heart and soul of the Baltimore Ravens. I think I might have obviously been one of the best players to ever play there, but when you think Baltimore Ravens, you think of Ray Lewis. Seventeen years, that's just a lifetime and he played at a high level.
"To be on the field with him and go out there and say, 'Hey, buddy, I know you'll be here [Hall of Fame] one day and go get this win for us,' that's going to be special. That's going to be a lot of fun."
The 6-foot-9, 360-pounder was the Ravens' first draft pick in franchise history back in 1996 prior to their inaugural season. He was voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night as a first-ballot selection.
"I really think the Ravens are a team of destiny," Ogden told The Baltimore Sun. "I think right now the fact that we can go into Denver and beat Peyton Manning and also go into New England and beat Tom Brady, and the way our defense has played in the playoffs and the way the offensive line has gelled, I think we have a really excellent shot. San Francisco is a very tough team. It won't be any easy by any stretch of the imagination. I think if we play our game, I think we have a good shot."