Mangold in 2008
January 13, 1984 |
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||307 lb (139 kg)|
|High school:||Kettering (OH) Alter|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Nicholas Allan Mangold (born January 13, 1984) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Ohio State, and was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played with the Jets from 2006 through 2016.
Mangold was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection with the Jets. In 2011, the New York Times ranked him as the best center in the NFL. The Jets were "the only team in the NFL that doesn't have to sacrifice a guard when facing an elite nose tackle," wrote the Times, because of Mangold's "ability to lock and drive from a standstill position."
Mangold attended Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, where he was a letterman in football, wrestling, and track & field. In football, he was a three-year starter on both offense and defense and as a senior, he garnered All-Ohio honors. He also earned three letters in wrestling and two in track and field, competing in the shot put.
Mangold attended The Ohio State University, and was a three-year starter at center for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He was rated on a par with former Buckeye All-American and 2001 Rimington Trophy winner LeCharles Bentley by offensive line coach Jim Bollman. "Most guys you get out of high school have to be taught to play center. He already knew the mechanics of the position. That was a big, big advantage," said Bollman. Ohio State's most durable lineman, Mangold logged over 300 minutes of action in each of his last three seasons.
In his true freshman year, Mangold appeared in eight games as backup for Alex Stepanovich. In 2003, Stepanovich suffered a knee injury in the second game of the season vs. San Diego State. Mangold moved in and started the final 11 games of the season. When Stepanovich returned, he shifted to guard while Mangold continued to man the center position.
He earned All-Big Ten Conference Honorable Mention  honors in 2004, when the coaching staff named Mangold Offensive Lineman of the Week seven times and Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern. Mangold was again chosen second-team All-Big Ten in 2005. He finished his career with 33 starts in 45 games
After a "tremendous performance" at the 2006 Senior Bowl, Mangold was widely regarded as the top center available in the 2006 NFL Draft, ahead of 2005 Outland and Rimington Trophy winner Greg Eslinger.
|Ht||Wt||40‑yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20‑ss||3‑cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 3 1⁄2 in
|5.05 s||1.72 s||2.95 s||4.40 s||7.48 s||27 1⁄2 in
|8 ft 8 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Mangold was selected in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Jets, who had just prior used their No. 1 pick on offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson in an effort to rebuild their offensive line. It marked the first instance of a team drafting two offensive linemen in the first round following the 1975 NFL Draft, when the Los Angeles Rams took Dennis Harrah and Doug France. Mangold was the only center selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and the highest pick among Ohio State Buckeye centers since Gordon Appleby went 26th overall in 1945.
Replacing Kevin Mawae at center, Mangold had a good rookie season, allowing only 0.5 sacks, committing only three penalties and making all the line calls. Mangold was considered to be the best prospect at center in the last 15 years according to NFL draft expert Mike Mayock. Mangold was so impressive he garnered some Rookie of the year talks, an honor that is not usually mentioned about centers. As a rookie in 2006, Mangold started all 16 games at the center position. From 2007 through 2010, Mangold started all 16 games in 4 of those seasons. The Jets made the playoffs twice during the span in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but lost to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers in two AFC Championship games respectively.
Mangold was a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 and 2009, and was part of an offensive line that started the same players for 32 games—the longest active streak among NFL offensive lines at the time—it was regarded as one of the league's best in run blocking. In 2010, Mangold wanted to restructure his contract with the team, however was admittedly disappointed with the pace of the contract talks. On August 24, 2010, Mangold signed a seven-year $55 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed. By signing this contract, Mangold became the highest paid center in the NFL, but has since been surpassed by Ryan Kalil and Alex Mack.
During Week 2 of the 2011 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mangold left the game with an apparent ankle injury. He was replaced by undrafted rookie Colin Baxter, who would take his position at center as Mangold missed the next two games due to a high ankle sprain. Mangold eventually returned during Week 5 against the Patriots. He finished the 2011 season by starting 14 games and was named a Pro Bowl selection for the fourth time.
In 2012, Mangold started all 16 games, but was not named to the Pro Bowl, as his All-Star years ended after a four-year streak. In 2013, Mangold again started all 16 games and was named to the fifth Pro Bowl of his career.
In the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Mangold started 15 games respectively in both seasons, and was named a Pro Bowl selection in both years, totaling seven times that he was a Pro Bowl selection.
In Week 7 of the 2016 season, Mangold injured his ankle and missed the next four games. He returned in Week 13 against the Colts before re-injuring his ankle. He was placed on injured reserve on December 8, 2016, ending his season.
On February 25, 2017, Mangold was released by the Jets after 11 seasons with the team. The team was coming off a poor season and entering a rebuilding mode and wanted to offload Mangold's salary. As of mid-September 2017, Mangold had found no teams interested in signing him.
Mangold was born to Vernon and Therese Mangold. Mangold is the oldest of four children as he has three sisters, Kelley, Holley (an Olympic weightlifter), and Maggey. Mangold's sister Holley has achieved a degree of fame and sports success in her own right. She was an offensive lineman for the Alter High School Football Team. The team was state runner-up in 2006, and won the state championship in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, Holley was featured on an episode of MTV's True Life ("I'm the Big Girl"). Holley Mangold is also a weightlifter in the superheavyweight division. She participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. weightlifting team, coming in 10th place.
Nick Mangold hails from the same hometown as fellow Ohio State alums Mike Nugent and A. J. Hawk. Mangold and Nugent were later teammates on the New York Jets. Hawk and Nugent were teammates on the Ohio State Buckeyes. Mangold married Jennifer Richmond, his high school sweetheart, in April 2007, and they currently live in Chatham, New Jersey. Mangold has participated in various charitable events throughout his career.
Mangold appeared on the Wrap Up Show on Howard 100 after the broadcast of the Howard Stern Show on April 30, 2009. He has also campaigned with Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Donald Trump.
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