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EP 42: Interview With Retired Football Player Marques Ogden

Marques enjoyed a nice career in pro football playing in the NFL for the Jaguars, Ravens, Bills and Titans.  He also spent time in the Arena League and NFL Europe.  He has become a big fan of Broadway musicals which his dad said he would enjoy, but he didn’t think he ever would.  He started playing football his freshman year of high school.  due to his size he couldn’t play before that.  He did play other sports as well but football was his best.  His brother is Hall of Fame player Jonathan Ogden and he was a huge supporter of his brother.  Jonathan is 7 years older than Marques so there weren’t any sibling rivalries between them.  In fact when Jonathan was with the Baltimore Ravens he would come to see his little brother Marques play live.  Marques also had the opportunity to go to the Ravens’ practices and interact with the players and learn from them which was a huge advantage for him.  He wasn’t heavily recruited mainly due to the fact that most schools though he was a Junior when he was actually a Senior.  Maryland wanted him as a walk-on, but he decided to go to Howard since they were offering him a full scholarship.  He had a great career at Howard and earned All-American status.  He didn’t have a strength and conditioning coach at Howard until his Senior year there which adds to how impressive it is that he was able to make it to the NFL.  He was drafted in the 6th round by the Jags, but prior to the draft there was talk of him going in about the 3rd round.  He had the privilege of playing with his brother when he was with the Ravens which was a huge thrill for them both as well as their family.  A back injury was what led to the end of his career.  After leaving football he went into construction and was very successful.  He built up an 8-figure company in the Baltimore area managing over 100 employees.  That came to a crashing end and he ended up in bankruptcy.  He got a few more opportunities but was not successful with them.  He was in a tough emotional state and hit rock bottom.  He finally decided to turn his life around by changing his mindset and got on the right path.  He is now a motivational speaker, best selling author and changing lives for the better.  For more information on Marques and to follow him on social media, use the links below.

 

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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