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Ogden was prototype tackle of his era

The retirement of 11-time Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden means the NFL is losing a man who not only paved the way for running backs but also future offensive lineman, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: June 12, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Now that Jonathan Ogden of the Baltimore Ravens has officially retired, the scenario I've feared for the past couple of years has come to fruition.

His retirement begins the close of perhaps the greatest blocking era in NFL history. Ogden came into the league in 1996 along with Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson. The 1997 draft produced Orlando Pace, Walter Jones and Tarik Glenn. The following year brought William Thomas and Flozell Adams into the league.

Those seven ...

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