Nick Mangold is officially retiring from the NFL. Mangold, a former Ohio State center and seven-time Pro Bowler, made the announcement Tuesday morning with a message on Twitter.
Mangold, 34, spent all of his 11 seasons with the New York Jets from 2006-2016 before being released in 2017. He did not sign with another team last season, but Mangold had not announced his retirement until Tuesday. Mangold will sign a one-day contract with the Jets next week so he can retire with the team.
Nick Mangold officially retires from football
“From the moment I stepped on a field, I was hooked. I won’t say that I loved every minute as it was happening — Oklahoma drills, monkey rolls, bear crawls, Jim Tressel’s conditioning tests, every loss and every injury,” Mangold wrote. “But as I reflect back, I wouldn’t trade my experiences for the world. All of the negatives taught me an important lesson and all the positives reinforced those lessons.”
Here’s his full announcement:
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
Mangold, from Centerville, Ohio, was a first-team All-American for the Buckeyes in 2005 and was a first-round pick (29th overall) of the Jets in the 2006 NFL Draft. Mangold has been one of the NFL’s top centers over the past decade. He made seven Pro Bowls from 2008-2011 and 2013-2015 and was a first-team All-Pro selection in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.