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NFL veteran finds redemption as motivational speaker

Ogden: ‘What I’m doing today is my calling’

Posted on April 20, 2022

Updated on April 21, 2022

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Marques Ogden was recently inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame. A Raleigh resident, Ogden is now a speaker and author who motivates others by providing insight into his successes and failures after his NFL career.

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Marques Ogden was recently inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame. A Raleigh resident, Ogden is now a speaker and author who motivates others by providing insight into his successes and failures after his NFL career.

Marques Ogden is a published author with three books. His first title, “Sleepless Nights,” was published in 2015.

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Marques Ogden is a published author with three books. His first title, “Sleepless Nights,” was published in 2015.

Marques Ogden played college football at Howard University, becoming the school’s first offensive lineman to be drafted into the NFL in 2003.

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Marques Ogden played college football at Howard University, becoming the school’s first offensive lineman to be drafted into the NFL in 2003.

Marques Ogden was recently inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame. A Raleigh resident, Ogden is now a speaker and author who motivates others by providing insight into his successes and failures after his NFL career.

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Marques Ogden was recently inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame. A Raleigh resident, Ogden is now a speaker and author who motivates others by providing insight into his successes and failures after his NFL career.

Marques Ogden is a published author with three books. His first title, “Sleepless Nights,” was published in 2015.

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Marques Ogden is a published author with three books. His first title, “Sleepless Nights,” was published in 2015.

Marques Ogden is a published author with three books. His first title, “Sleepless Nights,” was published in 2015.
Marques Ogden played college football at Howard University, becoming the school’s first offensive lineman to be drafted into the NFL in 2003.
Marques Ogden was recently inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame. A Raleigh resident, Ogden is now a speaker and author who motivates others by providing insight into his successes and failures after his NFL career.
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We all have an ego, but you have to be able to keep it in check and never let it get bigger than the good part of your soul."
Marques Ogden, speaker, author and entrepreneur

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RALEIGH — Marques Ogden witnessed rock bottom and started climbing his way back in Wake Forest.

The former NFL player was recently inducted into the Howard University Athletic Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame Health. CORE Magazine, which takes its name from “Champions of Real Excellence,” named Ogden to its Top 100 Most Influential Blacks Today list.

Following a stellar career at Howard, Ogden became the first offensive lineman in school history to get drafted when, in 2003, the Jacksonville Jaguars took him in the sixth round. He retired in 2007 after coaches cut him from the Tennessee Titans’ roster. Ogden said he struggled because of his attitude.

“When I left the NFL, I had a hard time transitioning for about six months,” Ogden said. “I was able to start a successful business, Kayden Premier Enterprises — named after my niece, Kaylee and nephew, Jaden — and it became a successful construction company in the Baltimore area. As the company grew, my ego grew. I was a horrible boss and lost some of my best employees.”

It got worse for Ogden, as a bad deal ended up forcing him into bankruptcy when the company folded in 2013.

“I lost my home, lost my cars and everything I own,” Ogden said. “I moved to Raleigh with $400 to my name.”

Ogden did have a support system in his future wife, Bonnie. The two met in July 2012, and she played a significant role in Ogden’s move and mental recovery.

“She moved with her 8-year old daughter from Apex to Baltimore to be with me,” Ogden said. “In February or March when it became clear I was going to lose my business, the NFL helped us relocate. We looked at Las Vegas where my brother was, or Raleigh where her brother, sister, parents and grandparents were living. We decided to move here because of the family, and it was great for my soon-to-be stepdaughter because she had a lot of cousins in the area.”

Feeling defeated after initial setbacks in his new surroundings, Ogden said his partner motivated him to succeed.

“When I got fired from two jobs in the same week, I was sitting on the couch and she told me, ‘I’m giving you one day to mope, then you’ve got to get back in the game.’ She said I needed to use the skills I had to build Kayden for something else, but humble myself and not let my ego destroy what was built,” Ogden said. “That became the catalyst, and I wrote down my three biggest strengths: I’m a good communicator, good storyteller and I want to help people. That’s when I launched the speaking business.”

The NFL veteran started Ogden Ventures LLC in September 2013. His first speaking engagement took place a month later with the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, an experience he treasured even more with family ties.

“My grandfather used to be a boxing trainer in Washington, D.C., and volunteered his time for 60 years with the Boys & Girls Club there,” Ogden said.

As time progressed, Ogden Ventures became more successful. Ogden has spoken across the nation, along with Canada, Mexico and a few European countries.

Ogden Ventures has been involved with 37 Fortune 500 brands and 15 Fortune 100 brands, and Ogden has three books published, starting with “Sleepless Nights” in October 2015. Ogden published “Success Cycle” in January 2020 and was a contributing author for “Pivots” nine months later.

A fourth book — focusing on leadership — is scheduled for release later this year.

Professional success led to personal milestones. Marques and Bonnie Ogden were married on May 23, 2015, and closed on a house last year.

“One of the quotes I live by is ‘when you lose everything, you appreciate everything,’” Ogden said. “We all have an ego, but you have to be able to keep it in check and never let it get bigger than the good part of your soul. I had to start at ground zero — it took about six years to go through bankruptcy, I had 177 creditors and was $5.5 million in debt. I made a promise to myself that I would never let my ego run my life again.”

Even at his lowest point, Ogden said he and his wife didn’t want to ask his brother for help. Jonathan Ogden spent 12 years with the Baltimore Ravens, was an 11-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2013.

“My brother is my brother, and we’re very close,” Ogden said. “He didn’t get involved in the business, and when I lost everything, it wasn’t his responsibility. I’ll never forget Bonnie telling me ‘we’re in hell right now, but we’re never going to your brother.’ Jonathan’s career was his career and the money he made was his money. I messed up making the mistake of trusting a client I shouldn’t have, and if my brother bailed me out, what would I have learned? I’m not who I am today if he did.”

Ogden said the latest chapter in his life is the best one yet.

“What I’m doing today is my calling, and there’s a much higher purpose,” he said. “Football was great and playing with my teammates was a blessing, but it was more for self-worth. Today, with speaking, coaching, consulting and the podcast, I’m able to serve a cause better than myself. The work being done today is much more appealing than throwing on shoulder pads in playing in the NFL or college.”

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