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Rex will try to convince Mangold to go to London to see his sister


We noted this week that Jets center Nick Mangold has decided not to travel to London this summer to see his sister, Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold, because he doesn’t want to miss any time at training camp. But Jets coach Rex Ryan says Mangold should reconsider.

Ryan said today that he was “shocked” when he heard that Mangold had decided to refuse his offer of an excused absence from camp. When asked if he’s going to try to convince Mangold to go to the Olympics, Ryan said, “Yeah, I will.”

“I don’t think he realized this is an amazing thing, it really is,” Ryan said. “How many people are good enough to go to the Olympics and compete against the world’s best, and represent our country? I think it’s an incredible opportunity for her and him as well.”

Ryan also noted that Mangold is always very well prepared and wouldn’t suffer from missing a few days of practice if he went to London.

“I just think Nick is a smart guy,” Ryan said. “He would understand our offense, all of that kind of stuff. So it is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see your sister do something that is absolutely incredible: Competing against the world’s best in a weightlifting competition I think would be incredible. I know that if I was in a similar situation, I would want to see my brother in a weightlifting contest. I think we’d all want to see that.”

Still, Ryan said he doesn’t think he’s going to be able to persuade Mangold to take a couple days off. Mangold wants to be there with his teammates, and so he’ll be sweating through training camp practices and watching his sister compete on TV.

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  1. mullman7675 says: May 31, 2012 9:57 PM

    Maybe they don’t get along and the guy just wants to go to work. If it was all good between the two you would think he’d jump at the chance to watch his sister and get a few days off at the same time.

  2. dabearsk says: May 31, 2012 9:58 PM

    Go see your sister ! Plain and simple.

  3. zimaman says: May 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    That’s it!

    No more Calling Rex Jabba the Jet

    From now on he is

    BLOBBA the Hut

    Somebody please shut this guys pie hole

  4. dabearsk says: May 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    Or she might kick your arse… damm she is a big lady…

  5. rickrock6661982 says: May 31, 2012 10:01 PM

    You know what they say about fat bottomed girls..

  6. noahbird says: May 31, 2012 10:02 PM

    True dat, Rex.

  7. gaadr says: May 31, 2012 10:04 PM

    Good for Ryan. “Being there” for his teammates is important. “Being there” for his sister is more important.

  8. dmq13 says: May 31, 2012 10:05 PM

    That sure is a funny picture of Nick Mangold…oh wait….

  9. scoops1 says: May 31, 2012 10:05 PM

    the only reason Rex wants Nick to go to London is cause he wants to sign his sister to a contract in hope she can replace Wayne Hunter….

  10. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 31, 2012 10:06 PM

    If there was a 12 step group for New York Jetisism, PFT would be the charter member. You guys are hopelessly addicted to Rex. Kinda sad

  11. nflfollower says: May 31, 2012 10:06 PM

    This headline was downright confusing and could be taken quite a few ways. Olympics are more important than part of training camp. Mangold will be fine missing a little time, its not like he’s a rookie.

  12. wcdolphan says: May 31, 2012 10:10 PM

    You know rex just want a pic of her feet!!

  13. leonbryte says: May 31, 2012 10:11 PM

    Go Holly!! Win a gold!

  14. tomtravis76 says: May 31, 2012 10:11 PM

    Fire up Woody’s private jet for the trip.

  15. Soulman45 says: May 31, 2012 10:11 PM

    He change my mind about him this sound like a all right guy.
    Good for REX

  16. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: May 31, 2012 10:12 PM


  17. ryancloud says: May 31, 2012 10:12 PM

    It is sad that this is actually an Olympic event.

  18. maiphatdong says: May 31, 2012 10:12 PM

    I saw her on an mtv show called “True Life: I’m The Big Girl”……basically, i thought Nick was a total dick to her, doesn’t look like he loves/likes his own sister and is embarrassed of her, sad sad sad.

  19. nyjalleffingday says: May 31, 2012 10:13 PM

    He’s one of the best centers, if not the best center, in the league and he can definitely afford to miss a few days.

  20. armchairqb says: May 31, 2012 10:17 PM

    That’s a man, baby.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2012 10:18 PM

    Those Mangled kids are shredded.

  22. zimaman says: May 31, 2012 10:18 PM

    Okay okay you guys win

    I am willing to compromise

    So I will go with BLOBBA the Jet

    Happy now?

  23. nyyjetsknicks says: May 31, 2012 10:21 PM

    Mangold is a great center. No problem with going to see his sister in the Olympics. He should take Wayne Hunter with him and “accidentally” lose his passport or get him thrown in London jail. Either is fine with Jets fans.

  24. kane337 says: May 31, 2012 10:24 PM

    Rex is right. Mangold should go. No reason not to since permission has been given. Unless he just doesn’t want to go and support his sister.

  25. sd5547 says: May 31, 2012 10:24 PM

    Rex should try and convince Holley to come play guard next to her brother.

  26. djm426 says: May 31, 2012 10:27 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t want to go,who cares

  27. otistaylor89 says: May 31, 2012 10:27 PM

    “You know what they say about fat bottomed girls..”

    You make the rocking’ would go round.

    Nick, go see your sister in London, not just for your sister, but for Freddie Mercury.

  28. doctorfootball says: May 31, 2012 10:28 PM

    The solution is simple. Neither one should go to the Olympics. The Jets have a hole at the right tackle spot. And an Olympic weight lifter, who’s the sibling of a great offensive lineman, should get a camp invite from the Jets. She can’t be any worse than Wayne Hunter.

  29. transam7816 says: May 31, 2012 10:29 PM

    I agree with the first post. It’s quite possible they don’t get along.

  30. doctorfootball says: May 31, 2012 10:30 PM

    Oh, and she played on the offensive line in High School

  31. aldavisisthenfl says: May 31, 2012 10:32 PM

    Good thing Nick has a beard, or you couldn’t tell them apart…..

  32. descendency says: May 31, 2012 10:32 PM


    The man who’s name is on the trophy everyone wants said that this is the proper way to prioritize your life.

  33. cooklynn17 says: May 31, 2012 10:35 PM

    Is that a guarantee?

  34. bullethead527 says: May 31, 2012 10:36 PM

    Rex should go also, maybe he can scout her to play along side her brother, that would be insane 1st woman in the NFL, playing alongside her brother, she probably could stand her ground vs a few guys in the league.

  35. kd75 says: May 31, 2012 10:39 PM

    I’d suspend him, fine him the cost of a round trip ticket and tell Mangold has has no choice because we’re sending you to London.

  36. clintonportisheadd says: May 31, 2012 10:40 PM

    Rex speaks from personal experience.

    His brother Rob took time off to see Rex compete in the 1994 Toronto “Cheeseburger Olympics”. Not many remember but Rex was leading Poland’s Wisla Tibac (26 Big Macs to 22 for Tibac) in his semi-final when he “lost it” with just under 4 minutes left.
    Heartbroken that his chance for the gold was gone, Rex indulged in the breakfast buffet the following morning and easily lost his afternoon match for the bronze.

  37. brianbosworthisstonecold says: May 31, 2012 10:40 PM

    Probably one of The Smartest Comments Rexy has ever commented on. Or maybe Rex wants to come as well and check her feet out.

  38. vincentbojackson says: May 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    More drama from the Jets.

    Take a day off and go support your sister for crying out loud!

  39. jlb10 says: May 31, 2012 10:49 PM

    they do get along. espn has shown a story on them at least a couple of times. she played football in high school and her brother was her idol.
    hey nick! get a clue buddy!

  40. thegreatgabbert says: May 31, 2012 10:53 PM

    Rex wants Nick to go to London and bring Holly back to work out at left guard.

  41. dgforreal says: May 31, 2012 10:53 PM

    I get him not going. I’m sure sis didn’t make it to the Olympics by taking days off.

  42. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 31, 2012 10:56 PM

    If it wasn’t for the beard, I could have sworn that is a photo of Nick.

  43. lolb23 says: May 31, 2012 10:58 PM

    Did the Rams draft her to play LT or something?

  44. bcb1999 says: May 31, 2012 10:59 PM

    Good lord, she’s 5-8 and weighs 374 pounds…that is one large lady. Maybe they had a fight, and he fears for his life if he faces her?

  45. raiderapologist says: May 31, 2012 11:05 PM

    “Go to London, Nick. Here, take this camera. Get some close ups of her shoes.”

  46. cousinrk says: May 31, 2012 11:08 PM

    Hey Zimaman

    When was the last time you took an IQ test you nitwit? Rex is encouraging his player to go see his sister perform in the Olympics and you respond with more fat jokes? I realize you are probably a complete moron but even morons can once in a while have a rational thought.

    zimaman says:
    May 31, 2012 9:59 PM
    That’s it!

    No more Calling Rex Jabba the Jet

    From now on he is

    BLOBBA the Hut

    Somebody please shut this guys pie hole

  47. chill1184 says: May 31, 2012 11:09 PM

    This is such a non-issue, only serving purpose to feed trolls. Mangold isn’t a baby last time I checked if he doesn’t want to see his sister live thats his choice and he has to live with it.

  48. rcali says: May 31, 2012 11:12 PM


    I know, I know, thumbs down because watching people lift weights, throw cannon balls, and run around a track should be interesting to me.

  49. andyvictory says: May 31, 2012 11:17 PM

    These are the type of football articles I truly miss nowadays. The astoundingly great stories about what sports and athletics in general are truly about. Free of whining, business, speculation and “soap opera-like” content. Simply GREAT, and glamorizing (in good spirits rather than detrimental, media-friendly ones). Power to Nick for being such a great team player, and power to his sister for being a dedicated, hard working, world class athlete. I AM NOT a jets fan, far from it….. Yet I sincerely thank you Michael David Smith for being “the guy” who finally writes a gripping, intriguing, worth-reading article involving those Jets which does not involve reputation smearing, non-factor dribble, and QB drama. I can not wait to cheer for her in London. USA!

  50. anhdazman says: May 31, 2012 11:21 PM

    Ryan would never see his brother in a weight lifting contest, maybe hot dog eating contest, but not weights.

  51. dannyreneau says: May 31, 2012 11:25 PM

    Hey, Ryan opened his mouth and something positive came out!

  52. cali49er707 says: May 31, 2012 11:27 PM

    a face only a brother could love, go see her in london nick & congrats because by the looks of this picture i have seen ENOUGH of his sister!!!!

  53. billsfan1 says: May 31, 2012 11:27 PM

    i tend to hate listening to Rex talk, but i agree with him here. Obviously, i have no clue if there is an underlying issue between he and his sister but its nice to see family and country rise above all else.

    with or without Nick, lets hope she kicks ass and brings home some gold…..and some circa 1989 Samantha Fox nude pics….

  54. drainbameged says: May 31, 2012 11:30 PM

    and with the first pick of the 2013 draft the jets take…Holley Mangold

  55. dprouse says: May 31, 2012 11:31 PM

    In an LA Times article recently on Holley Mangold, they said that Nick Mangold, “declined to be interviewed” about his sister. That spoke volumes, clearly indicating that their relationship was somewhat strained. That’s a shame, but it explains why he isn’t jumping at the chance to skip out on camp for a few days.

  56. slugbaitspace says: May 31, 2012 11:33 PM

    Count me among those who would also want to see Rex’s brother in a weightlifting contest. I’d take him on in the 16oz curling competition myself. I’d probably lose, but I’d make him regret it.

    But to see a sibling compete in the Olympics? Jeez, Mangold, GO. It’s not like you have to play a football game over there like some other teams…

  57. howiefeltersnatch says: May 31, 2012 11:38 PM

    I’d like to see the comments that were deleted

  58. tfbuckfutter says: May 31, 2012 11:43 PM

    Rex can say whatever he wants about the situation….

    As long as he doesn’t guarantee she is going to bring home the gold.

    If he does that, she may as well not go either.

  59. buddybowl69 says: May 31, 2012 11:43 PM

    Rex said that while handing Mangold a camera to get some closeup pics of his sister’s feet. Not everyday do you get a chance to see size 18 shoes on a girl. Rex has his motives…

  60. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    No she is not doing the Usain Bolt pose, smh.

  61. tfbuckfutter says: May 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    Another thing….come on Nick, you’re about to win your….3rd? 4th? Super Bowl championship?

    The least you can do is watch your sister try and bring home a piddly medal. I know it won’t compare to your numerous Super Bowl trophies but sometimes you gotta humor those who aren’t as amazing as you.

  62. captainwisdom8888 says: May 31, 2012 11:49 PM

    I bet Nick Mangold wants nothing more than this all just to go away haha

  63. necromerlin says: May 31, 2012 11:50 PM

    Where did you find that picture? Nick looks good without his beard.

  64. tfbuckfutter says: May 31, 2012 11:51 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: May 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    No she is not doing the Usain Bolt pose, smh.


    I believe that is the Hulk Hogan variation pose known as the Brooke.

  65. commonsensedude says: Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM

    Props to Rex Ryan for being concerned about this. I give him credit for being concerned about the human being who plays for him instead of just being concerned about having a body on the field. Ryan runs his mouth a lot, but, in spite of the fact that it’s fun to make fun of him, I do like him and respect him.

  66. craigmaitland says: Jun 1, 2012 12:05 AM

    Go see ur sister and convince her to come play right tackle.

  67. desmondbishoptutu says: Jun 1, 2012 12:11 AM

    If anyone saw MTV’s “True Life: I’m the Big Girl,” they chronicled Holley’s relationship with her brother. Things went past the standard sibling rivalry and entered in the realm of uncomfortable and awkward.

    No? Nobody else saw that? /exits PFT comments forever

  68. jimcaldwellsucks says: Jun 1, 2012 12:36 AM

    Okay so that will tap tebow.

  69. fringetastic says: Jun 1, 2012 12:38 AM

    Turn it around: Would she miss a few days of practice to see him in the super bowl?

  70. marlin6262 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:51 AM

    Dude, someone needs to tell Rex that mangolds sister can play offensive line too. Bet she has sexy feet to boot.

  71. discosucs2005 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:16 AM

    “They’ll never be a female physically capable of playing in the NFL.”

    I strongly disagree.

  72. lilmiddle78 says: Jun 1, 2012 1:16 AM

    I saw the interview with Nick on the NFL Network a couple days ago when they first made mention of his sister being an Olympic lifter. It sounded a lot like Nick just didn’t really take her sport seriously!! He never said “I’m proud of her” or even “I’ll be sorry to miss it”!! He was just all like “yeah, I never tried to clean & jerk before but I can definitely lift more than her”… She’s in the Olympics for clean & jerk and she averages like 385 I think they said…. Yeah, Nick, you might wanna perfect the lift with a bare bar before you step up to your sisters class buddy… It doesn’t matter if your sister is going to compete at mopping the floor!!! It’s sad he’s not more openly proud of her accomplishment!!

  73. peepeetoucher says: Jun 1, 2012 1:40 AM

    Funny how Rex said this at 2 pm, but it took till 10 pm to write this story. Either someone has to brush up on a lil quicker ways of communication nowadays with social networking or they figured hey, nothing else to report so I’ll just throw some stuff up that Rex says to keep the people interested and get hits. I know its the offseason but come on.

  74. rexbeatsoff2feet says: Jun 1, 2012 1:52 AM

    She’s hot, I wonder if she’s single?

  75. cali49er707 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:52 AM

    congrats to the mangold family, they should be truly proud for raising a NFL stud linemen & a olympic competitor win or lose, thats more then all of US!!! but to all you sentimental guys thumbing down about her looks, your such sweethearts, & i wonder if you would date her or wife it?? YEA EXACTLY, thats what i thought!!!

  76. jboyxl73 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:55 AM

    This is the sister who sits in the stands to watch him every chance he gets NFL network did a story on her she is so proud of her brother u would think her dream coming true would mean something …. Guess not …

  77. fearthebengaltiger says: Jun 1, 2012 4:45 AM


  78. rickrock6661982 says: Jun 1, 2012 5:31 AM

    So, that’s what happened to all the weight Rex Ryan lost..

  79. seehoxrun says: Jun 1, 2012 5:54 AM

    Id hit it

  80. nevd83 says: Jun 1, 2012 6:53 AM

    If there is a female athlete in the world right now less attractive than Holley Mangold I have yet to see her…

  81. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 1, 2012 7:01 AM

    let him miss as much time as needed…. jets aren’t doing much this season anyway. 4-12 in 2012

  82. realityonetwo says: Jun 1, 2012 7:23 AM

    If anyone saw MTV’s “True Life: I’m the Big Girl,” they chronicled Holley’s relationship with her brother. Things went past the standard sibling rivalry and entered in the realm of uncomfortable and awkward.

    No? Nobody else saw that?


    You just admitted you watch MTV. Doofus.

  83. maureenfarr says: Jun 1, 2012 7:37 AM

    desmondbishoptutu says:
    Jun 1, 2012 12:11 AM

    Yes, I saw that True Life episode and I registered here just to post about it.

    After seeing that episode, I’m not surprised at all he doesn’t go see her. She probably doesn’t want him there. He was HORRIBLE to her in that episode. It’s one thing to tease your younger sibling, when you are teenagers, but Nick is not a teenager and her treated her like crap. Maybe he doesn’t like not being the only person in his family in the spotlight. I have no idea why he treats her so badly, but it was painful to watch.

    Good Luck Holley. You are a talented and wonderful person. Your brother is not.

  84. greasybeerfart says: Jun 1, 2012 7:48 AM

    What a babe.

  85. pixelito says: Jun 1, 2012 7:54 AM

    Very insulting to his sister that he would decline to go when given permission. Don’t know how you pull that off then face her at Christmas?

  86. ampats says: Jun 1, 2012 8:13 AM

    Nick is just afraid of seeing his sister accomplish something he will never see as a member of the Jets, a Championship.

    1969 was a good year huh jets fans!

  87. profmadmax says: Jun 1, 2012 8:22 AM

    Hey lady, could you help me load this couch?

  88. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    May 31, 2012 11:51 PM
    bearsrulepackdrool says: May 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    No she is not doing the Usain Bolt pose, smh.


    I believe that is the Hulk Hogan variation pose known as the Brooke.

    Yea Hogan does the thing with one balled up fist and one flat hand.

    Bolt points.

  89. tilafoo says: Jun 1, 2012 8:29 AM

    That’s one big bitch yikes!

  90. godofwine330 says: Jun 1, 2012 9:25 AM

    He shouldn’t need convincing. This is a once in a lifetime deal. It is rare even knowing someone who has qualified for the olympics, much less have one of them be a sibling. He should go, and if he doesn’t he is a bad brother. If he was a rookie 7th round pick or undrafted free agent it would be one thing. Miss a day and you miss a week of info. But as an established Pro Bowl center he can miss 3 days and it not be that big a deal.

  91. jaginmi says: Jun 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    The problem is that manfold (sic on purpose) is not and never will be a champion. His sister is.

    I have 7 sisters. Some are ‘gorgeous/cute’. Some are not. But I will defend and support any of them. And cheer them in ANY of their endevours.

    If manfold, who is very over-rated, prefers to hide in the closet rather than support a sibling…that is his prerogative.

    But we all know where his angst is coming from.

  92. LJA says: Jun 1, 2012 10:28 AM

    At least convince him to shave the wispy ends of his mustache that hang over his lips.

  93. meatcleave42 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:59 PM

    Anyone else remember when Nick Mangold was about to get drafted in the 1st Round and they did a 20 minute documentary on his fat sister playing offensive lineman in High School….. Nick didnt seem too thrilled about it and looked embarrassed.

    Obviously he doesnt want to waste his time to go watch his sister participate in the Olympics, unless they have a 20 min documentary about him. Right?

  94. gizzmonic says: Jun 4, 2012 6:13 PM

    visit your sister in January. you wont be doing anything then

  95. waynefontes says: Jun 6, 2012 5:16 AM

    Take away all of the fat jokes, the Rex Ryan jokes, all of the other jokes on here for a second. Not that I don’t apprecaite all of them, but think about it.

    I’m not a Jets or Rex Ryan fan, but to think that you can go see your sister compete in the Olympics with no issues from your employers and you have no interest in doing it….

    This says a lot about Nick Mangold, none of it good.

  96. norcal031 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:24 PM

    Good lord, she’s 5-8 and weighs 374 pounds…….now thats my kind of woman…..i been lookin for a ssbbw for a minute!

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