At 40 years old, Nick Mangold has this physical status:
Mangold played for Ohio State University and was a three-year starter at center for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He was rated by offensive line coach Jim Bollman on a parody with former Buckeye All-American and 2001 Rimington Trophy champion LeCharles Bentley. "Most guys who have dropped out of high school have to be taught to play center." He knew the mechanics of the position right away. Bollman said that it was a huge advantage. Mangold, Ohio State's most versatile lineman, played over 300 minutes in each of his three seasons.
Mangold appeared in eight games as a back-up for Alex Stepanovich in his first year as a starter. In Stepanovich's second game of the season vs. San Diego State, he suffered a knee injury. Nick Mangold came to the team and began the season's final 11 games. Stepanovich returned to guard, while Nick Mangold continued to play center.
In 2004, when the coaching staff named Nick Mangold Offensive Lineman of the Week seven times and Offensive Player of the Week against Northwestern, he received All-Big Tention accolades. In 2005, Nick Mangold was named second-team All-Big Ten again. He made 43 appearances in 45 games during his career.
Mangold was widely regarded as the best center available in the 2006 NFL Draft ahead of 2005 Outland and Rimington Trophy champion Greg Eslinger, who was praised for his "tremendous effort" at the 2006 Senior Bowl.
Nick Mangold was selected in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Jets, who had just used their No. 1 before. In an attempt to resurrect their offensive line, they have one pick on offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. In a trade for John Abraham, the Jets originally acquired the pick from the Atlanta Falcons. It was the first time a team drafted two offensive linemen in the first round after the 1975 NFL Draft, when the Los Angeles Rams selected Dennis Harrah and Doug France. Mangold was the only center chosen in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft and the top pick among Ohio State Buckeye centers since Gordon Appleby finished 26th overall in 1945.
Kevin Mawae at center, Mangold's rookie season was a success, with only 0.5 sacks, making only three calls, and making all the line calls. According to NFL draft specialist Mike Mayock, Mangold was deemed to be the best prospect at center in the last 15 years. He was so impressive he earned some Rookie of the Year awards, an award that is not often discussed about centers. Mangold made all 16 games at the center position as a rookie in 2006. Mangold played in all 16 games from 2007 to 2010 in four seasons. During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the Jets made the playoffs twice, but they lost in two AFC Championship games to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively.
Mangold was a Pro Bowl pick in 2008 and 2009 and was a member of an offensive line that maintained the same players for 32 games—the longest active streak in NFL offensive lines at the time—and was rated as one of the league's top run blocking champions. Mangold wanted to restructure his deal with the company in 2010, but was left dissatisfied with the team's speed. Mangold signed a seven-year $55 million deal with $22.5 million guaranteed on August 24, 2010. Mangold was the NFL's highest-paid center until signing this deal, but Ryan Kalil and Alex Mack have since been surpassed by Mangold and Alex Mack.
Mangold sustained a visible ankle injury during Week 2 of the 2011 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. As Mangold missed the next two games due to a high ankle sprain, he was replaced by undrafted rookie Colin Baxter, who would take his center position. Mangold was recalled against the Patriots in Week 5 as a rookie. For the fourth time, he ended the 2011 season by playing 14 games and was named a Pro Bowl pick.
Mangold appeared in all 16 games in 2012 but was not selected to the Pro Bowl as his All-Star years came to an end after a four-year streak. Mangold played in all 16 games and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl appearance.
Mangold played 15 games respectively in both seasons and was voted a Pro Bowl pick in both years, bringing together seven times that he was a Pro Bowl pick.
Mangold sustained an ankle injury in Week 7 of the 2016 season and missed the next four games. In Week 13 against the Colts, he recovered before injuring his ankle. On December 8, 2016, he was put on injured reserve, snapping his season.
Mangold was released by the Jets after 11 seasons with the team on February 25, 2017. The team was coming off a rough season and resurrecting gear, prompting them to withhold Mangold's compensation.
Mangold announced his retirement on April 17, 2018, after spending the entire 2017 season out of football. On April 24, 2018, he officially retired as a Jet after signing a one-day deal with New York.