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Former Ohio State Star Nick Mangold Says He Won't Run For Congress

A New York Jets helmet sitting on the field.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nick Mangold won't run for Congress after all.

Earlier today, it was reported that former Ohio State and New York Jets center Nick Mangold was considering transitioning to the political arena.

Mangold has been out of football since 2016. He's been active in Republican politics during and after his playing career, publicly endorsing Mitt Romney and Donald Trump for president.

According to Politico, New Jersey Republican officials had conversations with Mangold about running to replace retiring Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen and the 34-year-old was "intrigued" by the possibility of running for Congress.

This afternoon, Mangold addressed the rumors of his potential candidacy on Twitter.

In short, he isn't running, at least right now.

"While it would be an amazing opportunity and honor to serve the people of New Jersey's District 11, I am not at a place where I could commit to that," Mangold wrote.

You can read his full statement below.

Given how young Mangold is and the fact he's been politically active in the past, it wouldn't surprise us if he ran for office at some point down the line.

Mangold is an Ohio native, but obviously has major ties to New Jersey because of his time with the Jets.