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3 Takes: Will Ogden be a First Ballot HOF?

With the 2013 Hall of Fame voting season now officially a go, what are the odds of John Ogden being a first ballot Hall of Famer? And which other former Raven not yet in the Hall deserves to be enshrined?

The Baltimore Gridiron Report columnists give their ‘take.’

Jonathan Scruggs:

Giving an unbiased statement on a fan blog isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do, but when it comes to Jonathan Ogden, there is little room for homerism. Ogden is as sure fire a Hall of Famer as anyone else playing in the league over the last 20 years. The stalwart Left Tackle didn’t just dominate his position, he evolved it. They say that Cal Ripken’s biggest impact on baseball wasn’t his play or his skill, but his fundamental alteration of how his position was perceived. J.O. fits tightly within that similar frame of mind.

As for former Ravens deserving to be in the Hall, I’m going to go with the easy, most logical, choice. Matt Stover. Although I know it is easier to pass a camel through the eye of a needle than a kicker to enter the kingdom of football heaven, Stover deserves the enshrinement. His numbers were on par with some of the best ever, he has two Super Bowl Rings (coming just shy of a third with the Colts), and single-handedly carried his team into the Championship on countless occasions. If he doesn’t deserve the honor I don’t know who does. Jamal Lewis is a close second followed by Steve McNair.

Matt Jergensen:

Ogden set the standard at the Left Tackle position during his NFL tenure. There’s no question that he has the appropriate credentials for enshrinement. Of course that doesn’t mean he’ll get in on the first ballot as the process can be a tricky political exercise. No HOF class since 1970 has included more than THREE first-ballot players.

Ogden is among select company in the first ballot class with Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan, Larry Allen and John Lynch all very strong choices in their own right. Then you also  must take into account the group that still awaits induction which includes Kenny Stabler, Alex Karras, Cris Carter, and Derrick Thomas among others.

The Hall of Fame should be for elite players who were dominant in their era. Ogden fits the description. If he were to miss it on the first try I wouldn’t be shocked but he should be in soon after 2013.

Right now I don’t see any other former Ravens worthy of enshrinement. However the current roster could have several inductees led by Ray Lewis.

Gene Winner:

If any player deserves to be a first ballot hall of famer, it is Jonathan Ogden.  Ogden was the Ravens first pick of the franchise back in 1996. Ever since the day he stepped on the field he has been a consummate professional and a Pro-B0wl caliber player. 11 Pro-Bowls, 9 time All-Pro and a Super Bowl ring.. In fact, Ogden was dominate at left tackle and helped pave the way for running backs like Jamal Lewis and Ernest Byner.  I like Ogden’s odds, of course he’s up against some stiff competition. Ogden also caught two passes for touchdowns.

Another Raven that deserves to be in the HOF…well, you could make an argument for linebacker Peter Boulware. He was a dominant force from 1997 to 2003 (career ended in 2005),  he finished with 70 sacks.  Defensive rookie of the year in 1997 with 11.5 sacks, in 2001 had 15 sacks.

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2 Responses to “3 Takes: Will Ogden be a First Ballot HOF?”

  1. Brian says:

    The title of your post is “Will Ogden be a First Ballot HOF?” Answer is no he will not but most defiantly deserves to be. There is only so much room in each class and with guys like Bill Parcells, Kevin Greene, Tim Brown and Chris Carter on the list, not to mention some of the older players who deserve it after years of waiting, I just don’t seem him standing on the stage this year. I mean if a guy like Chris Carter didn’t get in his first time I don’t believe Ogden will. They are both a comparable comparison to their respective positions.

  2. I think he should be. But I’m about 50% if he actually gets in due to the political nature of the process. Lineman seemingly always have to wait while the glamour positions get first dibs. Willie Roaf, who was just inducted this season on his second ballot is pretty comparable to Ogden so I guess we’ll see.

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