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.