Background and college
Mangold was born on January 13, 1984 in Centerville, Ohio, the same town as kicker Mike Nugent. Mangold attended Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, where he was a letterman in football, wrestling, and track & field. In football, he was a three-year starter on both offense and defense and as a senior, he garnered All-Ohio honors. At Ohio State, Mangold was a three years starter, serving as a co-captain his senior season. As a senior he was an Outland Trophy finalist, as well as a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the top center in the country. and did not allow a sack his entire senior campaign.
As a Jet
Mangold was selcted with the twenty-ninth pick of the first round in the 2006 NFL Draft. He quickly became the starting center, and has started every game for the Jets since opening day in 2006. Mangold had a great rookie season, allowing only 0.5 sacks, only committed 3 penalties and made all the line calls. Mangold was so impressive he garnered some rookie of the year talks, an honor that is not usually mentioned about centers. He was named to the All-Rookie team after starting every game of the 2006 season, and playing 100% of the offensive snaps. Mangold has been a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 and 2009, and has been part of an offensive line that has started the same players for 32 games—the longest current streak among NFL offensive lines—and is regarded as one of the best league in run blocking.