Mangold was the Jets’ second first-round pick — fellow lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson was the first — in 2006 out of Ohio State. He started 164 of 176 regular-season games, making seven Pro Bowls and twice was a first-team All-Pro selection (2009 and 2010).
His teammate, Brandon Marshall, noticed a fitting coincidence to the center’s post.
Team owner Woody Johnson offered his praise in a statement:
“For the past 11 years, Nick Mangold has been a cornerstone of our team both on and off the field,” Johnson said. “As our Pro Bowl center, Nick consistently demonstrated superior skill and unmatched toughness. Equally important, off the field, Nick exhibited respect, sensitivity and compassion for the causes he supported. It has been a privilege to have known Nick these many years and, for all of us, I say Nick will always be a Jet.”