Former Jets C Nick Mangold Announces Retirement

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After an 11-year NFL Pro-Bowl career, former Ohio State center Nick Mangold has announced his retirement.

The 34-year-old veteran spent all 11 years of his career with the Jets before getting released February 25, 2017, in a cost-cutting move. Mangold did not play during the 2017 season.

Mangold will be signing a one-day deal with the Jets so he can retire from the franchise that he began his National Football League career with.

"From the moment I stepped on a field, I was hooked".

After sitting out the entire 2017 season due to injury, former Jets C Nick Mangold is officially stepping away from the game of football. "But as I reflect back, I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world".

The Jets drafted Mangold with the 29th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Mangold has been one of the NFL's top centers over the past decade. Mangold made the Pro Bowl every season from 2008 through 2015 with the exception of 2012, and he was named a First Team All-Pro twice and a Second-Teamer once, as well.

"In my 11 years as a Jet, there were plenty of ups and downs, but, through it all, I wanted to be the Steady Eddie", Mangold wrote.

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.

Mangold appeared in 164 games throughout his career.

On Twitter, Mangold showed his usual sense of humor, beginning his announcement with: "I DECLARE RETIREMENNNTTTTTT!" I learned this attribute from the vets that I played with.

Last offseason, Mangold was released by the Jets as the team renovated its roster by cutting ties with several high-priced big-name players. "I have no idea what that capacity is but I'm sure I will figure something out in the future". Forte is more noted for his eight years with the Bears. He's decided that his career is over. "And I can't wait to see what this new chapter brings".