The Jets great announced his retirement on Twitter at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, thus wrapping up an 11-year career spent entirely with Gang Green. Although he was released by NY in February 2017, he'll sign a one-day contract next week to retire a Jet.
"From the moment I stepped on a field, I was hooked".
"I didn't want to just retire as Nick Mangold the football player", he said in a video on the Jets' Twitter account. "All of the negatives taught me an important lesson and all the positives reinforced those lessons".
Mangold, the engine of the Jets offensive line since he was drafted in the first round in 2006, was cut last offseason and didn't play in the league in 2017. Mangold has been one of the NFL's top centers over the past decade.
Mangold was a staple at the center position during his career in NY and made a total of seven Pro-Bowls, missing significant playing time just once in his career, in 2016 while nursing an injury. "I have no idea what that capacity is but I'm sure I will figure something out in the future". "I wanted to be the guy that other guys looked at to see how it was done".
During Mangold's time with the Jets, the team went through head coaches from Eric Mangini to Rex Ryan to Todd Bowles and, of course, quarterbacks. I learned this attribute from the vets that I played with.
In early February, Al Barlas, the Republican chairman of Essex County, told Politico that he has been recruiting Mangold to run in the GOP primary to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Mangold lives in Morris County, NJ.com reported. A few teams expressed interest in signing him in 2017, but the foot and ankle injuries kept Mangold from believing he could be 100 percent.
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