NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold has retired after an 11-year career in which he established himself as one of the NFL’s best at his position.
The 34-year-old Mangold announced Tuesday morning on Twitter he will sign a one-day contract with the Jets to retire as a member of the team. Mangold didn’t play last season after he was released by New York in February 2017.
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
The Jets will hold a news conference April 24 at their facility to honor the seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
Mangold was a first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2006 and immediately became a starter for New York.
Known for his consistency, sense of humor and blond, bushy Viking-like beard, Mangold was one of the most popular Jets players among teammates and fans.