Nick Mangold

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Nick Mangold
Nick mangold 2011.jpg
Mangold in 2011.
No. 74     New York Jets
Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-01-13) January 13, 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth: Centerville, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Kettering (OH) Alter
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2006 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2014
Games played 128
Games started 128
Stats at NFL.com

Nicholas Allan Mangold[1] (born January 13, 1984) is an American football center for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State University, and was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and is widely regarded as the best center in the NFL.[2][3] According to the New York Times, the Jets are "the only team in the NFL that doesn't have to sacrifice a guard when facing an elite nose tackle," because of Mangold's "ability to lock and drive from a standstill position."[4]

High school years[edit]

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 went completely unregarded by recruiting services like Rivals.com and Scout.com. Still, Mangold played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

Mangold attended 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.[5] 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.[6] When Stepanovich returned, he shifted to guard while Mangold continued to man the center position.

He earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference 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 closed his career with 33 starts in 45 games

Professional career[edit]

Mangold signing autographs at Jets 2009 training camp.

2006 NFL Draft[edit]

After a "tremendous performance" at the 2006 Senior Bowl,[7] Mangold was widely regarded as the top center available in the 2006 NFL Draft, ahead of 2005 Outland and Rimington Trophy winner Greg Eslinger.[8][9][10] The Baltimore Ravens considered selecting Mangold at No. 12, but instead went with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.[5]

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.[11] 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.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 12 in 300 lb 5.05 s 1.72 s 2.95 s 4.40 s 7.48 s 27 12 in 8 ft 8 in 24 reps 35
All values from NFL Combine[12]

New York Jets[edit]

Replacing Kevin Mawae at center, Mangold had a good rookie season, allowing only 0.5 sacks, committed only 3 penalties and made 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.[citation needed] Mangold was so impressive he garnered some Rookie of the year talks,[13] an honor that is not usually mentioned about centers.

Mangold has been a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 and 2009, and has been part of an offensive line that has started the same players for 32 games—the longest current streak among NFL offensive lines—it is regarded as one of the league's best in run blocking.[14] In 2010, Mangold wanted to restructure his contract with the team, however was admittedly disappointed with the pace of the contract talks.[15] On August 24, 2010, Mangold signed a seven-year $55 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed.[15] By signing this contract, Mangold became the highest paid center in the NFL,[15] but has since been surpassed by Ryan Kalil. On January 20, 2014, he was named to the 5th pro bowl of his career.

Personal[edit]

Mangold was born to Vernon and Therese Mangold.[16] Mangold is the oldest of four children as he has three sisters, Kelley, Holley (an Olympic weightlifter) and Maggey.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

Nick Mangold hails from the same hometown as fellow Ohio State alums Mike Nugent and A. J. Hawk.[19] Mangold and Nugent were later teammates on the New York Jets. Mangold married Jennifer Richmond, his high school sweetheart, in April 2007, and they currently live in Chatham, New Jersey.[19] Mangold has participated in various charitable events throughout his career.[19]

Mangold appeared on the Wrap Up Show on Howard 100 after the broadcast of the Howard Stern Show on April 30, 2009.[20] He has also campaigned with Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (August 25, 2010), Nick Mangold Becomes Highest-Paid NFL Center, Inks Seven-Year Deal with Jets, NESN.com (NESN), archived from the original on October 30, 2010, retrieved October 30, 2010 
  3. ^ http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8256646/nfl-scouts-inc-2012-top-center-rankings
  4. ^ Top 10 Centers in N.F.L.
  5. ^ a b Nick Mangold, heart of NY Jets' offensive line, making unconventional draft day decision look good
  6. ^ http://www.toledoblade.com/Ohio-State/2005/08/11/OSU-s-Mangold-on-a-mission.html
  7. ^ Nick Mangold Draft Profile, Sports Illustrated, April 2006 
  8. ^ 2006 NFL Draft - Breakdown by Position - C, Sports Illustrated, April 2006 
  9. ^ Cooney, Frank (March 22, 2006), Offensive linemen: Ferguson tops solid class of blockers, USA Today 
  10. ^ 2006 C Player Ranking, NFLDraftScout.com, April 2006 
  11. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (December 20, 2009), Nick Mangold, heart of NY Jets' offensive line, making unconventional draft day decision look good, The Star Ledger 
  12. ^ Nick Mangold Draft Profile, NFLDraftScout.com, retrieved January 9, 2010 
  13. ^ Robinson, Joshua (December 18, 2008), Jets’ Mangold Is the Center of Attention, New York Times 
  14. ^ Caldwell, Dave (January 8, 2010), Jets’ Offense Is Fortified by Five Big Men, New York Times 
  15. ^ a b c Jenny Vrentas & Dave Hutchinson (August 24, 2010). "Jets center Nick Mangold inks 7-year deal with $22.5 million guaranteed". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Nick Mangold Biography". Ohio State Buckeyes. June 29, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  17. ^ Garber, Greg (2006-12-03). "Holley Mangold Fights Perceptions to Succeed". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  18. ^ "Nick Mangolds sister makes Olympics". Yahoo Sports. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  19. ^ a b c "Nick Mangold". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Howard Stern Show Uncensored Audio Podcast April 30, 2009". PodFeed.net. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Romney confident in Ohio". cnn.com. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 

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