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Renewing The Cofield Vs. Mangold Rivalry

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 30, 2011 – 3:58 pm

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When the Jets and Redskins take the field on Sunday, it will entail the renewal of an old matchup between Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield and Jets center Nick Mangold.  Growing up four hours apart on I-71 in Ohio, the two have been battling it out in the football trenches for more than a decade.

“I’ve been playing against Nick since high school,” Cofield remembered with a smile.  “We played in a high school all-star game against each other.”

Back in those days, Cofield attended Cleveland Heights High School and lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track and field.  Mangold went to Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio, and lettered in football, wrestling, and track and field.

At 300-plus pounds a piece, I’m guessing that they both specialized in the “and field” segments of track and field. Read more »


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