Jets center Nick Mangold delivers his tips for Movember

Nick Mangold beard
Fear the glorious mane of Nick Mangold.
Credit: Getty Images

Jets center Nick Mangold has a mindset that keeps him going each and every day. A mindset that isn’t about football mind you, but about not shaving. And not shaving as much as possible.

Mangold hasn’t shaved since last year and hasn’t trimmed his beard since the end of training camp in mid-August as he now sprouts some of the most impressive fuzz in the NFL. In the month of November, when many men forgo their daily shave and donate the money they saved from not buying shaving products to aid in cancer research, Mangold might be the best voice in the tristate area on the topic of beard care.

“It’s a mindset; you have to get past the itch. It is kind of like when you grow your hair out, and there is nothing you can do with it and it will get awkward. But then you get past it and you’re happy about it,” Mangold told Metro. “You have to be happy about it, or else it just won’t work. Then you won’t have a beard, and that wouldn’t be good.”

His journey of facial hair exploration started during adolescence and continues to evolve.

He sported sideburns in high school in what he calls “a mean chop.” In college he groomed the chinstrap look and the beard came in shortly thereafter. Now in the NFL, his woolly mammoth is one of the best around.

But he admits something that seems as effortless as growing facial hair isn’t easy. It is much like blocking a defensive tackle in that it takes preparation and a certain level of virtue.

“You have to stick with it. It isn’t easy and can be difficult,” Mangold said. “But with a certain level of fortitude and commitment, anything is possible with your facial hair. You really have to be about vision.”

There are of course challenges to growing a massive facial forest. There is the itch, naturally, as the facial hair turns from shadow covering to something more substantial. Then there is the risk of ingrown hairs.

Mangold is unruffled, if not fastidious, in his grooming. He moisturizes his beard regularly, although he admits this becomes a challenge as it grows longer. And from time to time, he will apply two-in-one shampoo and conditioner to help the overall effect.

The result is a beard that is feared and admired. There is jealousy in the locker room, he says, about how “magnificent my beard is. Petty jealousy.”

He recognizes a tradition of linemen and magnificent facial hair. In Pittsburgh, there is Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, whose perfectly coiffed beard has made headlines. Mangold said after the Jets played the Steelers this year, he thanked Keisel “for all that he’s done for us bearded folk.”

“I don’t know why offensive linemen like the beard, maybe we don’t particularly care what we look like,” Mangold said. “Me? It is the laziness factor. There are benefits. I save money on not buying shaving cream, [and] razors too. I understand that people go through a lot of those. And it also saves me time to do other important things like, well, I don’t know. But it is nice to have that option.

“Everybody would be a little bit happier if there was more facial hair in the world.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…