Former Baltimore Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden garnered a number of accomplishments during his 11-year NFL career; including 11 straight Pro Bowl appearances, an AFC championship, Super Bowl ring and induction into the Hall of Fame. As a native of the District of Columbia, Ogden can now add one more accomplishment to his list – holder of the key to the city.
In a ceremony on the steps of the Wilson building Friday, Sept. 20, Mayor Vincent Gray presented the key to the city to Ogden.
He was born in Washington D.C. and raised near 13th & Monroe Street. When he graduated from St. Albans high school, he chose to attend UCLA. One of his college football career highlights was winning the Outland Trophy as the top interior lineman in the nation. In 1996, the newly formed Baltimore Ravens chose Ogden as its first ever draft pick.
“What a tremendous honor,” Ogden said of receiving the key to the city. “People always associate me with either California, where were to school at UCLA, or Baltimore where I played. But, as I told the Mayor, I always will be and always have been a native Washingtonian.”
At the ceremony were a number of high school football teams, including his alma mater, Saint Albans. Ogden offered these words of wisdom to the young players: “Football is a fantastic game. It teaches you a lot of lessons about life. It teaches you how to work together, it teaches you how to work hard, it teaches tease you to be responsible. And all of these things you guys are learning on the football field, they can translate into your life afterward.
“Always continue to learn and grow and try to be great in this game, because it's taken me to great heights.”