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Jonathan Ogden's impromptu news conference

The former Ravens offensive tackle is still a popular figure among fans, who sought his autograph after this morning's practice.

He is just as popular with the media, which got a few minutes with him. What follows is a partial transcript of the session.

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Ogden on what he has been doing since retirement: "Retirement's a little different. It's a little slower than when you're out here working every day. I'm working on my golf game and preparing to do a little pre-game radio shows this year. Just something to stay busy. But besides that, I'm enjoying my time off. Just playing with my son, who is four, and just playing golf."

On whether he misses the team: "I miss the team atmosphere, but that's about it. I don't miss being at practice. I don't even miss playing in games. I've played in 170-some games. I did that, but I do miss being around the guys, just the camaraderie and being part of a group."

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On whether his heart bleeds purple on Sundays: "Oh yeah, definitely. Definitely purple all the time on Sundays. I'll always be a Raven for life."

On whether he yells at the television during Ravens games: "Of course. I did it on the sidelines, so I might as well keep going."

On what he is shooting in golf these days: "Man, I'm a 10 [handicap] now. Three of my last four rounds have been 79s, and then all of a sudden, I blew up to 92. But that's OK. It's going to come back. That's what happens with golf. It's going to come back."

On whether he had any second thoughts about retiring after watching the Ravens reach the AFC championship game last season: "None. Zero. Like I said, the guys are one thing, but when you did it as long as I did, you know. You eventually just say, 'You know what, it's time to go.' Brett Favre played quarterback. They don't get hit every single play of every single day. When linemen retire, they're gone. They don't come back."

On rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher: "The kid has got a lot of athleticism. He's really a tremendous athlete. Today's the first day I really got a chance to watch him. I think he needs some technique work, but what rookie doesn't? I think they made a really good pick. I was talking to another radio station and we were talking about our tackles. I mean, we've got two left tackles, which is a luxury that a lot of teams wish they had. We've got two guys who can play it. So that hopefully will help us out in the long run."

On former teammate Rod Woodson's induction into the Hall of Fame this past weekend: "I know he went in as a Steeler, but he did give mention and love to the Ravens and the 49ers and wherever else he played. But hopefully in a couple years from now, I'll be up there. I'll be the first lifetime Raven, and that'll be special. I don't talk about it because I'm superstitious, but if that does happen, I hope the whole city will be up there with me because it'd be for the city as much as for me."

On quarterback Joe Flacco: "I just hope he continues to progress from what he did as a rookie. The kid has the right mentality playing the game. As long as he just doesn't regress – and I'm not saying that he will, he has looked really good today out there –but as far as the season goes, we're going to go as he goes. If he can just open up a little of the middle of the field, it's going to open up things tremendously for [running backs] Ray Rice and Willis [McGahee]. Our offense scored 24 [points] a game last year. Hopefully, we can get it up to 27 or 28 a game, and we'll really be tough then."

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