News broke Tuesday when former Jets center and O-lineman Nick Mangold “declared” on twitter his retirement from the NFL. He announced that he would be signing a one day contract with the Jets to retire in the green and white.
At 7:40 this morning (😏), @nickmangold called it a career.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 17, 2018
Mangold is considered one of the top centers during his time. He consistently ranked at one or two at the position due to his ability to keep the line in place and shut down any blitz.
The Jets drafted Mangold at No. 29 in the 2006 NFL Draft from Ohio State, and since day one he was on the field holding down the O-Line. Nicknamed “the Anchor” for keeping his line together, Mangold was selected to seven Pro Bowls and two First-Team All Pro rosters during his 11 year tenure. Mangold was one of the most solid starters playing 164 games and only missing 12 (eight in 2016). He anchored an offensive line that ranked six times in the top 10 in rushing, including the No. 1 ranking in 2009.
Having being cut in 2016 due to a veteran gut overhaul, Mangold spent last season deciding on his future. On Tuesday, the news broke and his retirement became official.
I DECLARE RETIREMENNNTTTTTTT!
I will be signing a one day deal with @nyjets next week so I can retire a Jet.
Thank you to all!
J! E! T! S! Jets! Jets! Jets! pic.twitter.com/f7j52ZdIy0
— Nick Mangold (@nickmangold) April 17, 2018
Many remember Mangold for being an anchor and friend to the rookies, especially the former rookie QBs such as Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. Mangold played center after taking over for (future) Hall of Famer and Jets Ring of Honor Kevin Mawae in 2006. He thrived at position for 11 years only allowing 20.25 sacks over his career span. Mangold made a pocket, protected it and held it. That kind of determination made his other O-Line brother play better and made the quarterback’s pocket feel secure.
Despite never hoisting a Lombardi Trophy, maybe one day we could find both Mangold and Mawae in Canton. On Behalf of the Full Press Coverage Jets writers, enjoy retirement Nick. 74ever!