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Mangold retires, to sign 1-day deal with Jets

From ESPN - April 17, 2018

Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold, one of the NFL's most decorated offensive linemen during his 11-year run with the team, announced his retirement Tuesday morning on Twitter.

Mangold, 34, who sat out last season after being released by the Jets in February 2017, will sign a one-day contract April 24 and retire as a Jet.

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

Known for his sense of humor, Mangold began his tweet: "I DECLARE RETIREMENNNTTTTTTT!" He went on to recount his career, saying he was "hooked" on football from his first practice as a pee wee player in Ohio.

"Everything that happened from pee-wee football to high school football to having the good fortune to play at The Ohio State University molded me for my opportunity to play for the New York Jets," said Mangold, who specifically thanked owner Woody Johnson and the coach-general manager tandem who drafted him in 2006, Eric Mangini and Mike Tannenbaum.

"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 continued. "I wanted to be the guy that other guys looked at to see how it was done. I learned this attribute from the vets that I played with.

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