End of the line

End of the line

There are 36 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 30, 2008, titled End of the line. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Ravens Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden should retire. It's not that Ogden can't play at a high level anymore.

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dyno don

Houston, TX

#21 Jan 30, 2008
Good article. And lots of idiotic responses. Do none of you remember Gene Hickerson,a guard with the old Cleveland Browns? He was the best guard of his time and was NEVER seen to work out. But he either worked out on his own or was naturally blessed, because he was the strongest guy on the team.

I guess it's natural for no-life couch warriors to put down great athletes (and every article they read). Wake up. Preston is right on - JO IS one of the greatest O linemen EVER. His job was to protect Qbs and open holes for running backs, not to act in whatever way yo think he should. He did his job as well as anyone who played his position. Appreciate what he gave the team. It's time for him, and the O line, to move on.
John

Columbia, MD

#22 Jan 30, 2008
He should return because once you stop, you are out and he can be his best again if healthy. His smarts as an OT help Father Time stay away. He could help this team tremendously.
sean

United States

#24 Jan 30, 2008
I hope JO does what's right for him. I hope he comes back but if not that's ok too. JO has been one of the best to ever play his position and has earned the right to do what ever he wants, so i will respect whatever decision he makes.
McGruff

Baltimore, MD

#26 Jan 30, 2008
Sorry, to be a voice of dissent; however, I cannot in good conscience call JO the best ever in Baltimore much less in the history of the entire NFL.

He might be the equal to but is not better than the late, great Jim Parker of the BALTIMORE (not Indianapolis) Colts. During his career, Jim Parker was an All-Pro as both an offensive guard and offensive tackle. He was not only an offensive pass-blocker; he was also an awesome sight to see when he pulled out of the line and provided lead blocks on running plays. He was devastating and a force that might never be seen again. JO might be close to what Jim Parker was, but he is definitely not as accomplished in all phases of offensive line play. Sorry, but I've seen them both play in their prime and that is my opinion.
WIL

Jacksonville, FL

#27 Jan 30, 2008
Excellent Mike , you are right on with this one. As a athlete you know deep down when it is time to move on to other things. I recall moving on from football when reaching age 35 I dove for a pass coming over the top of my head. I made the catch as I had done in the past but this time broke my rib upon landing. Basketball was the same thing, about 37, twisted my ankle but could not walk without a cane for several weeks, moved on to ten pin bowling. Averaged 200 scored a perfect game of 300,but eventually retired from that when my knee would not allow me to play at that level of excellance. So from experience I can say you are so right.
HeWhoCannotBeNam ed

Völklingen, Germany

#28 Jan 30, 2008
Dyno Don, you are correct, Sir !
This the best lineman on either side of the ball that has ever been on my team and if you dont understand that I couldnt care less. You just cant touch him.
Our best D-linemen had a chance against JO's peers (Boselli, Pace, Jones), but there is ONE single name (Freeney) who ever had one against JO.(When injured, btw)
Retire his number. Seal the locker. This is the best first draft choice a team has ever made, at least that I can think of. 1st ballot Hall of fame. If he was to play another season, we'd be fortunate.
You know, some people would complain about the sky not falling fast enough.
Roy

United States

#29 Jan 30, 2008
I can't blame anyone for hangin''em up after 12 years of the kind of beating a man takes in the NFL.
Ogden has had a great carreer and he wants to go out with his head held high knowing he was still a major force right up to the end.
If he wants it bad enough to do the work and come back, then I welcome him, if he wants to go home and see his kid grow up, then I wish him the best.
Thanks J.O.
Reality

Baltimore, MD

#30 Jan 30, 2008
He's a very gifted athlete, but I won't lose any sleep if he retires so we don't have to hear about it any more.
gary in NJ

United States

#31 Jan 30, 2008
unoprtunately, it may be time for him to go. one sad but endruing memory I have is of him getting absolutely left in the dust by dwight Freeney of the Colts on an opening Sunday night game a few years ago. we need to get younger. if he stayed it would still be good, but if his heart's not in it, he's had a great career and has his ring too.
gary

United States

#32 Jan 30, 2008
unfortunately, it may be time for him to go. one sad but enduring memory I have is of him getting absolutely left in the dust by Dwight Freeney of the Colts on an opening Sunday night game a few years ago. we need to get younger. if he stayed it would still be good, but if his heart's not in it, he's had a great career and has his ring too.
Bryan in Conowingo

Ashland, OH

#33 Jan 30, 2008
Great article, loved the insight. Happy trails to the greatest lineman of all time!
ravenpic

Philadelphia, PA

#34 Jan 30, 2008
C'mon J.O. One more season of perfection. Do it like Bret Favre and play the bully.
bkinpa

Malvern, PA

#35 Jan 30, 2008
Nice taunt. Too bad JO is too smart see through your cloaked attempt to fire him up for another season. You have sunk to a new level, Mike. I though you didn't play these games.
Maybe

Baltimore, MD

#36 Jan 30, 2008
He should return as an OLine coach?
jeremiah

United States

#37 Jan 31, 2008
Maybe wrote:
He should return as an OLine coach?
He may be the best LT of all time, but would make a terrible coach. I don't think he helped the young guys at all. He can't really teach his techinques because you have to be freaking huge to pull them off. He punches way too wide for an average sized tackle to jolt a good rusher. He stands up way too high, but gets away with whatever because all he has to do is get his hands on you and he will move you regardless of his position.

Plus his personality and attitude seem pretty far from a typical firey coach.
Mark

AOL

#38 Jan 31, 2008
Yes and the Colts fans are the worst in the country as the Booed a little girl and it was telivised nationwide. Indianapolis NEVER deserves a superbowl played there and all the owners of the NFL teams are being told so

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