The New York Times notes that tomorrow, two players will square off whom have known each other from opposite sides of the field for a long time. Both Ohio kids, both Big Ten athletes, and both players in the NFL. Always on opposite sides of the field since they were in high school. Jets Center Nick Mangold and Redskins Defensive Lineman Barry Cofield.
Mangold and Cofield have known each other since they were high school football standouts in Ohio. They attended universities in the Big Ten Conference — Mangold at Ohio State, Cofield at Northwestern — and battled on the field in each of their four years. And now their uncanny on-field connection has reached its sixth N.F.L. season.
It’s a pretty cool story to see how they’ve always been competitors, but that they truly respect each other. Definitely a great read.