Drawing a line between old friends

Pals and rivals from pee-wees to the pros, Mangold and Hawk face off Sunday

Updated: October 27, 2010, 12:07 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When New York Jets center Nick Mangold crouches into his stance Sunday and scans the Green Bay Packers' defense, he will see part of his childhood.

A few yards away from Mangold will be A.J. Hawk, the Packers' left inside linebacker. They go as far back as two football players can go, back to playgrounds and pee-wee leagues. Back to Centerville, Ohio, circa 1995, and the Centerville Elks, their sixth-grade team.

Mangold was the big kid in the neighborhood ...

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