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Jonathan Ogden is now a football immortal.
The best left tackle in UCLA history is now a NFL immortal. Jonathan Ogden was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility to the surprise of absolutely no one. He was an 11-time Pro Bowler, a nine-time All-Pro, a member of the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team and a Super Bowl winner.
Ogden's resume is much more than accolades and awards, though. He had a wide-reaching impact that changed modern football, as Jamison Hensley explains.
The 6-foot-9, 345-pound Ogden's impact extended beyond the Ravens. He redefined the tackle position. He was the ultimate protector of the Blind Side long before the movie made that term popular. Teams have since been in search of their own Ogden, from Orlando Pace to Walter Jones to Joe Thomas. Still, there has never been an offensive tackle with his combination of speed, power, size and athleticism. No one even close.
But before the Baltimore Ravens selected Ogden fourth overall in the 1996 NFL Draft to kickstart a phenomenal career, Ogden was a Bruin. He was a Outland Trophy winner, a Morris Trophy winner, the UPI Lineman of the Year and a unanimous All-American. For that, he became the eighth player to ever have his number retired by UCLA, was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame and just last year, was named a College Football Hall of Famer.
UCLA has produced some incredible football players, but none were better than Ogden. There may have been some as good, but not better. You can't be better. Ogden did it all, and did it while being a class act, according to anyone who ever interacted with him.
Simply put, Ogden was as good as they come and now he will be immortalized for eternity in the Hall of Fame.