Former Jets center Nick Mangold made an announcement last week that he would retire. Today he signed a one day contract with the Jets so that he could officially retire as a member of the team.
Here are some of the highlights of the festivities.
Mangold, holding his daughter, signs his 1-day contract to retire with the #Jets. pic.twitter.com/VOsPyD6X98— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) April 24, 2018
Nick Mangold and a very svelte D'Brickashaw Ferguson pic.twitter.com/Y8yTazsaqN— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) April 24, 2018
Nick Mangold with Todd Bowles, Christopher Johnson, Mike Maccagnan and Neil Glat. #Jets pic.twitter.com/clOeWUJmgQ— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) April 24, 2018
Nick Mangold joined by some of his former teammates - Ryan Fitzpatrick, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Willie Colon and Brandon Moore - and former #Jets center John Schmitt. pic.twitter.com/5yjc3iEBMa— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) April 24, 2018
Center of Attention: Nick Mangold retires as member of #Jets. "I always thought that I was going to miss it. ... And that never came. That's kind of where I knew: I'm in a good spot." pic.twitter.com/0PzhEIZ8iN— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) April 24, 2018
"I've had the good fortune of signing three contracts, all with the New York Jets. This is the first one I did with a child on my lap." #74ever pic.twitter.com/ce697LrRsE— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 24, 2018
A well-deserved round of a applause for Nick Mangold at the end of his retirement press conference. pic.twitter.com/WDDY029s6C— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) April 24, 2018
#Jets CEO Christopher Johnson: Nick Mangold will be a New York Jet forever.— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) April 24, 2018
.@nickmangold’s retirement press conference. #74ever https://t.co/VryQOWRPip— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 24, 2018
Mangold only wore a Jets uniform. The team selected him in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft with its second first round pick. The initial first rounder was used on D’Brickashaw Ferguson, another cornerstone of the offensive line for a decade. Nick spent his full eleven year career with the Jets before sitting out the 2017 season.
An Ohio State product, Mangold made seven Pro Bowls in his time with the Jets and was twice selected as a First Team All Pro.
This seems like a fitting sendoff for one of the greatest players in franchise history. Mangold is a sure bet to enter the team’s Ring of Honor in the future.