Jonathan Ogden starts ceremony with a laugh


Jonathan Ogden got the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony started the same way he played his brilliant 12-year career.

Easily, effortlessly, and effectively.

Thanking his presenter, Baltimore General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Ogden said that using the Ravens’ first ever draft pick on him instead of running back Lawrence Phillips was, in hindsight, the right call.

“I think that worked out for everybody,” Ogden joked.

Mostly, for the Ravens. Ogden was an 11-time Pro Bowler in 12 seasons, with six first-team All Pro nods.

Ogden also did a little stumping for the late Art Modell, saying he hoped to see the former Ravens owner voted into the Hall one day. That drew a mixed response from the crowd, as they were in Ohio, and not everyone in that corner of that particular state shares Ogden’s view considering the way the Ravens got to Baltimore.

22 responses to “Jonathan Ogden starts ceremony with a laugh

  1. Great speech by JO. Didn’t realize the organization gave him an honorary 2013 super bowl ring. Nice class. The Modell part was a few minor seconds in an overall great speech. First Ozzie draft, first Raven in the HOF.

  2. Yeah the ravens got to Baltimore cause Cleveland mayor Michael white screwed and bankrupt art model. The city kept their team name colors and history. Enough sobbing for clevwland

  3. Art Modell was a man with a vision and in the Factory of Sadness visionaries are non existents, simple like that.
    For all the Ravens fans we dont need a bust in Canton to remind us of what Art did for Baltimore and the NFL.

  4. No more sympathy for Cleveland. They kept their colors, name etc and have been back for 13 years!!!!

  5. Get the sand out of your crevice, Ohio.

    You have the Browns, a new stadium, and all the team colors, records, etc.

    Modell was the point man on every television deal the NFL made from 1961 through 1990.

    While Modell was the owner, the Browns went to the playoffs 15 times , won their division 9 times, and won an NFL Championship.

    Modell hired the first black GM.

    He should be in the Hall of Fame. He should have been there a long time ago.

  6. Cleveland is the most bitter sports city in the world. Modell’s contribution to the game outweighs his moving of the team. The fact he died never having been enshrined in the HOF is all the proof one needs to see that sportswriters shouldn’t be the ones selecting the member of the HOF. I mean, they can’t even get Ray Guy in the Hall. Pathetic.

  7. All this hype about Modell being a bad businessman. So what? There’s no law against it.
    But, he did sell the team for 600 mil. Sounds like a pretty good businessman to me.

  8. He led the Ravens to their first championship in record time. He put teams like the Steelers in their place and Ray Lewis and company kept them there. Thanks to players like Ogden, no one messes with the Ravens. No one.

  9. Foolish comment audient, saying Baltimore “stole” the Browns. Legally speaking, and according to the NFL, the Browns never left. The Ravens were a “NEW” team in 1996.

  10. Are you SERIOUS, jacktheraven dude? The Browns “never left” Cleveland? Oh so I guess all the players and equipment that got shipped off to Baltimore were just a figment of everyone’s imagination. Gimme a break.

    This HAS to be the single most deluded comment I’ve ever read here, and that’s saying a lot. The fact is, what Baltimore did to Cleveland is worse than what Irsay did to Baltimore. Because Baltimore whined about having their team stolen, stated it was WRONG to do something like that — then turned around and did it to someone else. That’s simply a fact.

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