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Ogden to receive ringing endorsement

The Baltimore Sun

Before the Ravens play the Oakland Raiders today, Jonathan Ogden will be introduced to the sellout crowd, walking out of the M&T; Bank Stadium tunnel for one of the last times.

"If he comes out in full gear, you'll know he's playing left tackle," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said jokingly.

Ogden will be inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor at halftime, just 10 months after playing his final game.

Considered one of the greatest offensive tackles in NFL history, Ogden has no regrets retiring after 12 seasons and 11 Pro Bowl invitations. He said his toe injury wouldn't allow him to play at the same level.

"Do I miss it on Sundays? No, I don't," Ogden said. "But every now and then, I'll watch Jared [Gaither] or Adam [Terry] or any left tackle, and I'll sit there and tell myself, 'I could've done that, better than that.' But that thought comes and goes real quick."

Ogden keeps himself busy, whether it's golfing or doing radio work. He has a coming boxing event and has started promoting his personalized wine, the proceeds of which go to his charitable foundation.

Splitting his time between his home in Las Vegas and Baltimore, Ogden still wants to keep roots in the city where he played his entire NFL career, a rarity in the free-agency age.

"It's a blessing really when you look at it in this day," Ogden said. "I was able to step away from the game and know this will always be my town, my team."

Because Ogden didn't retire until after he played his final game, his induction will give him another chance to savor the memories one last time.

"I just want to thank everybody for being my fans for the last 12 years here," he said.

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