Former New York Jets standout Nick Mangold has decided to hang it up after eleven years as one of the most decorated centers in NFL history.
The 34-year-old perennial All-Star selection announced his retirement in a Twitter post Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reported.
“I declare retirement,” Mangold posted at 7:40 a.m. in an apparent nod to the number 74 jersey he wore with the Jets. “Thank you to all! J! E! T! S! Jets! Jets! Jets!”
Mangold, who did not play last season after New York released him in February of 2017, said he will be signing a one-day deal with the team so he can retire a Jet. In 2016, Mangold was hampered by an ankle and foot injuries that kept him sidelined for the last half of the season.
”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 wrote. ”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.”
A first-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2006, the surefire future Hall of Famer was selected to seven Pro Bowls in his career.