New York Jets Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold introduced presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Dayton rally this weekend.
Mangold grew up in the Dayton suburb of Centerville.
The former Ohio State star called Trump “number one at his position and a great person.”
A noted Republican, Mangold campaigned with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. When it comes to political issues, Mangold is no shrinking violet, like so many Republican pro athletes, who tend to stay underground.
Not a fan of PETA, an animal rights organization that has also killed myriad dogs and cats, Mangold has taunted them on twitter when consuming a steak.
“And PETA would have cried with what I ate tonight. So much so they gave me a huge chili in honor of the damage that I did to the animals,” Mangold tweeted on April 21, 2010. On March 3, 2011 Mangold tweeted, “Thank you PETA for inspiring this family dinner.”
While Mangold hasn’t officially endorsed Trump, clearly he’s a big fan of the candidate.
In writing about Mangold’s appearance with Trump, Darryl Slater, a sports-writer for the left-leaning Newark Star-Ledger, wrote, “His public support of Trump comes after [Chris] Christie endorsed Trump, who has run a controversial and polarizing campaign.”
It’s unclear if the writer considers Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama “controversial and polarizing.”
But based on his employer, perhaps not.