An articulate man, Oben is calm and collected on the field. Just as he measures every word spoken, he displays the same aptitude on the football field. He studies his opponents and takes advantage of his man with superior technique.
His role on the Chargers is dual-sided. Besides his play on the field, he is counted on heavily to supply leadership to a young line that sports three players who are a bit green to the nuances of the offensive line.
Thus, he was rewarded with a contract extension that takes his contract from its original 2006 status to 2008.
"This really means a lot to me," Oben said. "I always felt that my respect as a left tackle in the NFL would be greater had all my productivity been on one team."
The ten year veteran began his career with the New York Giants in 1996 and he has had two year stints with both the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Yet he has started nearly every game since his second year, notching 129 starts in 136 games.
When the Chargers traded for him prior to the 2004 season, they did so with the intent on making him a mainstay on the line. A fact that Oben feels he will repay with his tools on and off the field.
"I am grateful for the Chargers' trust in my abilities and respect for the way that I approach my profession," Oben added. "But, more importantly, this is a first class organization and it would be great to help win an NFL championship here."
Oben owns one ring from his days with Tampa in Super Bowl XXXVII – his line allowed one sack during that postseason run – and he wants to get back to the NFL version of "The Show".