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Jets Star Nick Mangold Earned Nearly $50 Million — Then Became a ‘Manny’

Nick Mangold gave Jets fans plenty of happy memories over the years.

Considering the team’s recent luck with first-round picks, from busts like Calvin Pryor and Kyle Wilson to the short-lived Jamal Adams era, the idea of a player living up to expectations in New York sounds like a pipe dream.

Mangold not only lived up to those expectations, but he flat-out shattered them. That’s what makes the New York Jets legend’s post-football career as a ‘manny’ so interesting.

Nick Mangold played 11 seasons with the New York Jets

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An All-American center at Ohio State, Nick Mangold entered the NFL as the 29th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

The New York Jets needed offensive linemen in what turned out to be Curtis Martin’s final season. New York used the fourth overall pick on Virginia offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who wound up making three Pro Bowls and never missing a start in 10 seasons.

The duo of Ferguson and Mangold on the Jets’ offensive line worked out well. Mangold replaced longtime Jets star Kevin Mawae and allowed just half a sack in 16 starts.

Mangold started every game the Jets played from 2006-10. He made four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-11 and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2009 and 2010.

After not making the Pro Bowl in 2012, Mangold returned to the event every year from 2013-15. Mangold struggled in 2016 and missed time with an ankle injury.

The Jets cut Mangold in 2017. After he sat out the 2017 season, Mangold retired as a member of the Jets in April 2018.

Mangold is a New York Jets legend

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Football-Reference’s Approximate Value system measures Nick Mangold was worth 88 AV in a Jets uniform. That ranks 21st in Jets history.

That seems low, but Mangold has the eighth-highest score of any Jets offensive linemen. Three centers — Joe Fields (111), Kevin Mawae (93), and Jim Seeney (85) are ahead of Mangold.

Don Maynard leads the Jets with 132 AV. Only nine players, including legendary quarterback Joe Namath, have topped 100 AV through the 2019 season.

The Jets have enshrined 16 players into the team’s Ring of Honor. Mawae joined the club in 2017 and Mangold should eventually be honored, too.

Nick Mangold became a ‘manny’ after he retired

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According to Spotrac, Nick Mangold earned $48.1 million in the NFL. He had a terrific career and, down the line, could eventually earn consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In the meantime, Mangold is a self-described ‘manny.’ That’s not a nickname for Mangold given his last name.

A ‘manny’ refers to a male nanny. Mangold included that title in his Twitter bio because he’s spent retirement raising his young children.

Mangold has also appeared on Barstool Sports, NFL Network, and other outlets since he retired.

Nick Mangold’s career may have ended a bit earlier than he would have preferred, especially given how dominant his peak was. But he’s found happiness with his family and has embraced that ‘manny’ role.

All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.