(LONDON) — After a lot of convincing, Nick Mangold is off to London.
The All-Pro center for the New York Jets left the team’s training camp in Cortland, New York to fly to London and watch his sister Holley compete in the Olympics.
Mangold had his reservations about leaving his team in the middle of training camp, especially since the Jets held their annual intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday night.
But coach Rex Ryan, along with several teammates kept trying to lay “the guilt trip on him” to watch his sister compete in the women’s weightlifting competition, which begins Sunday.
“You know what? His teammates understand,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I think they are pushing him as well. It’s not just me.”
Mangold was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was the 29th overall pick out of Ohio State University.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News