Reporting Mark Viviano
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NEW ORLEANS (WJZ) – The first original Raven Jonathan Ogden is going to Canton.
Sports Director Mark Viviano reports.
Ogden was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot.
The first player drafted by the Ravens in 1996, Ogden was one of the NFL’s most dominant offensive linemen in his 12-year career. He was voted to the Pro Bowl 11 times.
But Ogden’s honor is bittersweet. Former Ravens owner Art Modell–a Hall of Fame finalist–did not receive enough votes for election this year.
“It would have been really great if Art got in,” Ogden said. “Obviously Art Modell drafted me to Baltimore, was one of the best owners. I just want to thank the city of Baltimore, the fans, Ozzie Newsome, who is tremendous. Hopefully I get a chance to go out there on that field tomorrow and see Ray Lewis play in his last game while I get to go into the Hall of Fame while he’s playing in the Super Bowl. We both came in ’96, started the Ravens together. It’s kind of a full-circle weekend here.”