St. Albans welcomed Jonathan Ogden ’92, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, back to the campus. A Hometown Hall of Fame ceremony was held in his honor on Friday, September 20, in the Martin Gym. Ogden was greeted by his family, former coaches, teammates, the entire STA community, and was recognized for his legendary career as a lineman with the Baltimore Ravens, the foundation of which, began at St. Albans.
Skip Grant, former athletic director and coach, introduced Ogden and provided some insight into Ogden's time at St. Albans. Grant described Ogden as a “man-child among boys” because of his towering stature. Grant said that he knew that Ogden would be great in all that he did because of his discipline and dedication on the field and inside the classroom.
Headmaster Vance Wilson presented Ogden with a #75 St. Albans jersey and announced that after this season, no other St. Albans football player will wear that number on the field. Ogden joked that the jersey looked a bit small, but was ecstatic to receive the honor.
St. Albans students had the opportunity to ask Ogden questions about his time here and his NFL career. Ogden reminded the young men to enjoy every moment at St. Albans because, although they may not recognize it now, they are becoming well-prepared for all that lies ahead of them in life.
Ogden is one of five St. Albans men to play in the NFL. He was the first draft pick in the Ravens’ franchise history in 1996 and is now the first Raven (and Bulldog) inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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