Long before Jonathan Ogden retired as perhaps the most skilled left tackle in the history of professional football, he was simply “Oggie.” That’s what friends, teammates and coaches affectionately called him when he played at St. Albans School in the District.
More than 20 years later, the Baltimore Ravens’ 11-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro is one of 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 6-foot-9, 340-pound starter on Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV championship team is by all accounts a virtual certainty to join this year’s class in Canton, which is set to be unveiled Saturday afternoon roughly 24 hours before the Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
When Ogden enrolled at St. Albans in junior high, Skip Grant was the athletic director of the boys’ prep school in Northwest, and he used to eat lunch with students in grades four through eight. Retired from St. Albans since 1998, Grant never forgot Ogden’s imposing presence in the dining hall, or anywhere else.