Mangold ready to face Hampton

The center's battles vs. the league's best NTs have prepared him for Sunday's matchup

Updated: January 20, 2011, 3:18 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Nick Mangold stood at his locker, his long blond hair unruly, his scruffy beard giving him the blue-collar appeal of a lumberjack or longshoreman. As he reached his hand to smooth it, his knuckles were still crusted with fresh blood from Wednesday's practice.

The New York Jets' Pro Bowl center is the calm eye of the storm in the noisy trenches. He snaps the ball and has an uncanny ability to spring up and keep nose tackles from plowing toward second-year quarterback ...

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