NEW ORLEANS -- It doesn't seem as if former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden can go anywhere without someone stopping him and saying he's a lock to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ogden, an 11-time Pro Bowl player, is considered one of the favorites along with Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen. The five-member Class of 2013 will be announced Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and it can't come soon enough for Ogden.
"I just want it to be over. Either way," Ogden said. "Don't get me wrong. I want to go in, obviously. I just want the speculation to end. I'm a 'Count my chickens after they hatch' type guy. I'll just say the odds are looking good, but we'll see what happens."
Ogden would become the first player drafted by the Ravens to get into the Hall of Fame. He was also the best offensive player on the Baltimore team that won the Super Bowl 12 years ago. Now, he could be voted into the Hall of Fame a day before the Ravens take the field for the second Super Bowl in franchise history.
"Like anything in life, there are some days where it seems like yesterday and sometimes it feels like an eternity ago," Ogden said of winning the Super Bowl. "There are some things that you're always going to remember from being in the Super Bowl: seeing the confetti fall and watching [wide receiver Brandon] Stokley go over the middle to catch that pass. Those are the images that are ingrained in my mind. Hopefully, these guys will get some of those images, and they'll have the positive finish that we had back in 2000."