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Jonathan Ogden memories

Posted on 12 June 2008 by caseywillett

So the end has officially come for Jonathan Ogden. WNST was reporting it early this morning and it has been confirmed by everyone including the Ravens that Ogden will officially end his career tomorrow at 11:30.

When I was leaving the Ravens complex this evening, Ogden had just arrived and was headed upstairs to speak with Ozzie Newsome. It appears that Edwin Mulitalo is flying into Baltimore to be here for Ogden tomorrow and there are possibly other former players that will be in attendance.

 

I only had the pleasure of covering J.O. for the last couple of years. He was one of the more interesting guys in that locker room. He was the guy who was not the biggest fan of having to deal with the media, but would give you what you were looking for and the sooner he could say it and be done with it the better.

You would be hard to find anyone in the building at 1 Winning Drive or anyone who ever played with Ogden to say a bad word about him. Everyone speaks very highly of him and have the utmost respect for him not only for what he did for the Ravens, but how he will go down in the history books as one of the greatest to ever play the position.

 

I wrote earlier that one of the final images I will remember of Ogden is of him on the sidelines holding his son in his arms and watching the final moments of his career tick off the clock.

Let’s be honest, Ogden had a lot of great moments on the field, but a lot of people will remember his Gebco commercials.

There are a lot of battles that he had with guys like Michael Strahan, Shawne Merriman, and many, many others. The way he used to laugh at guys like Joey Porter when all they did was talk trash the whole game. Ogden would just smile and laugh at him.

I consider myself fortunate to have seem him interact with his teammates and watch him walk to his locker and grab a book or two and want to go somewhere where he could go and read his books and be alone.

Listening to how guys like Mike Flynn and Orlando Brown talk about how tight Ogden was with his money and how he would take them out to eat and then tell them he need money from each one of them to help pay for the bill was classic.

All the times he would come out and do a show every season with Nestor on a Monday night and the times getting to sit and just talk with him about a Cover 2 defense or how he liked Lionel Richie’s music were fun.

It was a lot of fun getting a chance to sit and talk with him this past Super Bowl in Arizona as well. The videos are in wnsTV’s vault under Super Bowl.

 
Although the NFL is not that big on retiring player’s numbers any more, I don’t think we will ever see anyone else wear the number 75 in Baltimore. I am sure that at some point this year he will be inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor. It was a joy to cover Ogden the last couple of years and will look forward to seeing him head to Canton in five years.
 

I’m innterested to hear what your favorite memories of Jonathan Ogden memories are…

Post them and I’ll get them up here…

 

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The Final Hours of Jon Ogden as a Raven ?

Posted on 11 June 2008 by caseywillett

Today could be the day that we get a definitive answer on the future of Jonathan Ogden.

Today is the weekly day for the media to attend the next to last team practice, albeit voluntary, of the Ravens offseason until training camp. Ogden is supposed to be in town for a golf tournament that he is having this week.

It would make sense for the Ravens to have a quick press conference for Ogden to say that he is finished. The media will be at 1 Winning Drive today for practice and interviews with the players afterward, so it would make it easy to do something quick today. Ogden has said all along that he does not want some big parade or great farewell thing to happen when he does make his decision.

 
Here is how I have come to the conclusion that this could be the end:
 
          Ogden has seen Mike Flynn and Edwin Mulitalo, who are two of his very close friends released by the Ravens the last two years. Ed, Mike and Jonathan were extremely close and it was thought that Flynn could have talked Ogden into coming back. But Flynn is gone as well.
 
          The retirement of Steve McNair. Steve was a guy that also could have talked Ogden into coming back this year. I would not be surprised if Ogden and McNair have had some phone conversations this offseason as far as their future here in Baltimore. McNair, I am sure, would have liked to have a guy like Ogden on the offensive line with him if he was going to play in 2008.
 
 
          His toe will never be ready for the grind of an NFL season. If Ogden did decide to come back this year, I think it would be more of what we saw last year. He would be a question mark every single week, and constantly be with the training staff, something that he was clearly frustrated with last season.
 
          There has been an obvious change in the way of doing things after the firing of Brian Billick, and most of his staff. Ogden would be coming back to a situation were he is having to deal with a new head coach, offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and as we have clearly seen, a different way of doing things than what Ogden has been used to for 10 years. That is hard to get anyone to do, let alone convince someone that wonders if he wants to play anymore.
          There is no doubt that one of the biggest motivating factors for Ogden coming back the last couple of years is to get another Super Bowl ring. Players say all the time that the worst part of winning a Super Bowl is that you always want another because you realize how special of a moment that it is. Money is not what Ogden has played for; he has taken care of himself very well financially. Looking at this team and the season they are coming off of, there are not a lot of people predicting the Ravens to make the playoffs, so that is something I am sure Ogden is thinking about.
 
          There is also a segment on the Ravens website of pictures of Ogden titled Legendary 75 that  was posted yesterday. I felt that on the final game of last season when Ogden had his wife and son on the sideline for the final couple of minutes that he was done playing.
 
So in the next 24 hours, I expect we will get closure on the career of Ogden. I consider myself fortunate to have covered him for the last 5 seasons, and realize that I watched one of the truly best ever at his position, and a sure fire Hall of Famer. That is going to be one heck of a class in Canton in 2013 when Ogden, Brett Favre, Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp, and possibly Steve McNair, could be inducted.

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Update from 1 Winning Drive

Posted on 17 April 2008 by caseywillett

It is very quiet here at 1 Winning Drive as the media starts to gather for the 1 p.m. press conference to announce the retirement of Steve McNair. The Ravens are on the field practicing as I write this right now.
 
We will hear from Steve, Ozzie Newsome, Coach Harbaugh, Derrick Mason, and Samari Rolle. Tomorrow is when the media is scheduled to attend the practice and will be the chance to talk to Kyle Boller and Troy Smith.
 
Steve spoke with the team this morning before the team went out to practice today.
 
Here are some questions that I have:
 
          What made him come to this decision?
          Is there a chance that this may be bad timing for the Ravens as it relates to the draft?
          What do the Ravens do a quarterback now?
 
 
Will be back later with more updates after the draft, and look for audio from today’s presser soon after it is over with.

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Casey at the bat: This and tha

Posted on 05 May 2007 by caseywillett

Back from Ravens rookie camp, now here at Camden Yards. Rookie camp is always interesting to attend to watch the new guys and how they are in awe of being at 1 Winning Drive.

The practice is just the basics, nothing special, no real dramatic scheming or game planning going on, just learning the ropes of the NFL.

Troy Smith is wearing #11, but if I was a betting man I would say that he will be wearing #10 by the end of training camp. Was nice to meet Troy and he was great during his interview with Bob Haynie today.

Had a chance to catch up with Dan Cody at the facility, he is in tremendous physical shape, and told me he is getting antsy to get back onto the football field. Dan is one of my favorite Ravens, and I would warn anyone that is calling him a bust already.

Warning to Prescott Burgess, your locker is next to Bart Scott and Gary Stills, you could be in for a long season with those two guys as neighbors.

I am getting excited for football season to get going, rookie camp ends tomorrow, then they will be back for mini camps. Covering the Ravens is always fun, great staff, great players and above all it is football!

That brings me to the ballpark where the Orioles will try to stop this run away train that is losing. If the Orioles can not go at least .500 during this home stand, they are in trouble, and could be on the verge of melt down mode.

When does training camp start again?

Had several e-mail guesses as to who the guy in the picture from the UFC fight is, however none where right. It is Rick Bauer formerly of the Orioles, who is a big UFC fan.

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From 1 Winning Drive: Injury updates and roster moves

Posted on 31 December 1969 by caseywillett

It was a highly attended by the media morning practice here at 1 Winning Drive this morning.

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