Dec. 4, 2012
NEW YORK -Former UCLA and NFL standout Jonathan Ogden was honored along with an all-star cast of college greats at New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Tuesday evening, as the National Football Foundation (NFF) enshrined 14 players and three coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame.
In addition to Ogden, the 2012 class included Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), Ty Detmer (BYU), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), Scott Thomas (Air Force), John Wooten (Colorado), and coaches Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]) and R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M).
Ogden is the 14th Bruin to be selected for the NFF Hall of Fame and the third chosen in the last five years. The list includes 10 other UCLA players (Randy Cross, 2010; Troy Aikman, 2008; Bill Kilmer, 1999; Jerry Robinson, 1996; Kenny Easley, 1991; Gary Beban, 1988; Al Sparlis, 1983; Tom Fears, 1976; Donn Moomaw, 1973; and Kenny Washington, 1956) and three coaches (Terry Donahue, 2000; Red Sanders, 1996 and Tommy Prothro, 1991).
Ogden was a four-year starter (41 career starts) at offensive tackle for UCLA in the 1992-95 seasons under Hall of Fame head coach Terry Donahue. He won the 1995 Outland Trophy, was runner-up for the Lombardi Award and earned consensus All-America honors that season. Ogden was selected All-Pac-10 Conference following the 1994 and 1995 campaigns and was awarded the Morris Trophy, as the conference's best offensive lineman in 1995. He helped the Bruins to a share of the Pac-10 title in 1993 and an appearance in the 1994 Rose Bowl. Ogden's #79 jersey was retired in February of 1997, the eighth player in school history to receive that honor. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Ogden, the first-ever draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens, was selected with the fourth pick of the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played tackle for 12 seasons with Baltimore, from 1996-2007, and went on to appear in 11 straight Pro Bowls. In 2001, Baltimore won Super Bowl XXXV against the N.Y. Giants.
The 14 players and three coaches brings the total number of players in the Hall of Fame to 914 and the number of coaches in the hall to 197.