Six months ago, after Jonathan Ogden was voted into the Hall of Fame, the former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle met with general manager Ozzie Newsome and they shared a toast. Then, Ogden asked Newsome to present him at his Hall of Fame induction, which will happen Aug. 3.
"That was another great moment in my life," Newsome said. "To be asked that, I was floored. I really was. I was really humbled."
The Ravens selected No. 4 in the 1996 draft, and owner Art Modell wanted the team to take running back Lawrence Phillips. Newsome, who had Ogden atop the Ravens' entire draft board, convinced Modell that Ogden was the right pick.
Ogden went to 11 Pro Bowls and played a pivotal role in the Ravens' first Super Bowl title. Now, Ogden becomes the franchise's first drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame.
"I chose Ozzie because he brought me into Baltimore, and I respect him and worked well together," Ogden said. "I could also go talk to him and be honest with him. He's just one of the people who I just really respect in the business. It just kind of made sense to me."