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2006: NICK MANGOLD, Center, Ohio State Drafted: First

2006: NICK MANGOLD, Center, Ohio State
Drafted: First round, No. 29 overall
Mangold has started every game since being drafted. The center, a three-time Pro Bowler, is the heart of one of the most productive offensive lines in football.
Impact: Hit Credit: David L. Pokress

Nick Mangold returned to practice today after a whirlwind trip to London to see his younger sister, Holley compete in the Olympic weightlifting competition.

“It was fantastic, a great experience,” Mangold said. “It was one of those eye-opening experiences with so much going on. Very neat, a very positive experience.”

Mangold initially was reluctant to go because he didn’t want to leave his teammates behind in training camp, even though head coach Rex Ryan had urged him to go. Once Mangold received support from his teammates for making the trip, he decided to join several other family members in London.

“There was never a desire not to go,” Mangold said. “I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to leave my teammates in the lurch. After talking to the guys, getting their blessing, that, along with Rex, the desire to go ... it’s ok to go, but if all 80 guys are staring at me with disgust, that’s not a good thing.”

Holley Mangold placed 10th, in part because she was battling a wrist injury.

“She’s 10th in the world. Can’t be mad at that,” Nick said.

Mangold said he wasn't too tired from the long trip. 

"I got back a little later than I wanted to," he said. "I was hoping to get back here Tuesday, but to do that probably wouldn’t have been a smart idea to drive back from Newark. For as good as 16 hours on a plane,  eight hours of driving (round trip), I feel pretty good."

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