Maybe this is a good sign for today’s Super Bowl: The first-ever player drafted by the Baltimore Ravens was named Saturday to the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Jonathan Ogden, who grew up in Washington, D.C. and played college ball at U.C.L.A, was one of seven named to Canton’s Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
The giant, 6-foot-9, 345-pound offensive tackle, whose younger brother Marques played briefly for the Ravens as well, was named to the Pro Bowl 11 times and helped lead the Ravens to their first Super Bowl victory.
Ogden, in New Orleans for Baltimore’s return to the Super Bowl, told reporters he roamed Bourbon Street people-watching Friday night and passed the anxious time Saturday — before the announcement — watching golf on television.
“Kind of a full-circle weekend here,” Ogden said during the televised Hall of Fame announcement broadcast.
Others in the Class of 2013 include former Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman Larry Allen, former Minnesota Viking wide receiver Cris Carter, former Kansas City defensive tackle Curley Culp, former New York Giant coach Bill Parcells, former Green Bay Packer linebacker Dave Robinson and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
Notably, the Ravens’ first team owner, Art Modell, was not named to the Hall.
Of course, the Ravens’ second-ever draft pick, Ray Lewis, is expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2018, five years after he retires following today's game — we really, really hope — with his second Super Bowl championship.