Jets’ Mangold shows solidarity with Sanchez through headband

Nick Mangold: Wearer of handbands. Credit: Kristian Dyer/@KristianRDyer
Nick Mangold: Wearer of headbands.
Credit: Kristian Dyer/@KristianRDyer

Three weeks ago, Mark Sanchez fielded questions after organized team activities wearing a headband, creating a stir and a fair amount of mocking from websites such as Deadspin.com.

Now, center Nick Mangold is showing solidarity with Sanchez’s fashion faux pas by sporting a headband of his own. Addressing the media on Tuesday following the first day of minicamp, Mangold touched on a handful of football-related topics including the recent signing of former Jets quarterback Tim Tebow with the Patriots.

But mainly, it was the headband that created most of the stir, which prompted Mangold to say, “If it is good for your feet it is good for your head.”

“You know it is obviously something that is worthy of questions and most notably discussion on the topic of headwear,” Mangold said when Metro asked him about the headband. “I figured it was just a good message to put out there to make sure that it doesn’t matter what is on top of the head.”

Mangold is always one to poke fun of himself or his teammates, such as he did last year when Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones tweeted about having a crush on Tebow. During minicamp, Mangold showed up wearing a T-shirt with a message for Jones that included her Twitter handle.

As far as the headband goes, Mangold said he did not discuss the fashion statement with Sanchez before making the decision.

“I didn’t feel that we needed a discussion on it just as I don’t discuss what button down you’re wearing tomorrow with your suit. It doesn’t need to be called out. I went with it,” Mangold said. “I went with the white Under Armour because I think Under Armour has the best products out there. God willing, it will become a staple of our attire.”

Ironically, Mangold was wearing a Nike Jets T-shirt at the time of his statement.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer. Further headband discussion will be kept to a minimum.


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