Nick Mangold is entering his ninth season with the New York Jets. The sturdy Mangold has been the centerpiece of the Jets’ offensive line, manning the center position for almost a decade. He’s been selected to five Pro Bowls (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013) while earning three All-Pro nods (2009, 2010, 2011). On Aug. 24, 2010, Mangold signed a seven-year, $55 million contract, making him the highest-paid center at the time.
Early Years & College
Mangold was born in Centerville, Ohio, on Jan. 13, 1984. He attended Archbishop Alter High where he was a three-year starter on offense and defense, while participating in track and field, as well as wrestling. After graduating, Mangold went to Ohio State University where he was a three-year starter at center, helping pave the way for an offense that racked up 5,068 yards during his senior year. He was named second-team All-Big Ten twice.
New York Jets
The Jets selected Mangold in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft (29th overall), the second of two first-round picks along the offensive line (D’Brickashaw Ferguson). Mangold was tapped as Kevin Mawae’s replacement after the veteran was cut due to injuries. Stepping in immediately, Mangold started all 16 games in his rookie season and committed just three total penalties. Since entering the NFL, Mangold has started in every single game he’s played – 126 out of 126 – and is universally regarded as one of the league’s best run blockers and elite centers.
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