UCLA All-Time Great Jonathan Ogden Retires
June 12, 2008
Jonathan Ogden (UCLA 1992-95), recognized as one of the best linemen in NFL history and a sure-fire Hall of Famer, announced his retirement on Thursday, June 12, 2008 after playing 12 seasons at offensive tackle with the Baltimore Ravens. Ogden was the fourth overall selection in the 1996 NFL Player Draft by the Ravens (the first-ever selection by the Ravens) and went on to earn All-Pro honors nine times. He was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and started all 16 games in seven of his seasons with the Ravens. He helped lead the Ravens to victory over the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl.
Ogden capped off an outstanding collegiate career by becoming UCLA's first-ever winner of the Outland Trophy in 1995. He was a unanimous selection as a first-team All-American that season and was the United Press International's 1995 Lineman of the Year. He did not allow a sack in the 1995 season and had just one in his final two seasons.
Bruin running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar totaled over 2,700 yards on the ground in 1994 and 1995 while operating behind a Bruin line anchored by Ogden, including a school-record 1,571 yards in the 1995 season. In fact, Abdul-Jabbar went on to record six games in which he rushed for over 180 yards, highlighted by a 261-yard, 42-carry performance in 1995 against Stanford. He matched the school-record for 100-yard rushing games in a season with eight that year. The 1994 Bruin offense set another school mark with 679 yards in total offense, 280 rushing and 399 passing, in a 59-23 win over Arizona State. In February of 1997, Ogden became just the eighth Bruin football player to have his jersey (#79) retired.