Jets center Nick Mangold honored the two New York City police officers who were killed in Brooklyn on Saturday by wearing an NYPD hat during Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
On Saturday night, Mangold learned about the deaths of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. He then sent a text message to a friend with connections to law enforcement and requested a navy blue New York Police Department baseball cap.
While his teammates wore helmets during the game, Mangold took every opportunity to wear his newly acquired cap.
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“Every one of those guys that’s out there, they risk their lives every day,” Mangold said. “If wearing that [cap] gives them a little bit of comfort or shows support for those folks, I’m happy to do it.”
Prior to kickoff, the Jets held a moment of silence for the slain officers.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin also honored the officers during his team’s game against the Rams in St. Louis. He wore a black stripe on his left shoulder along with a peace sign pin below the NY logo on his jacket.
“We wore this because the New York Giants wanted to honor and mourn the assassination of the New York City policemen that took place last night in our city,” Coughlin said. “We also wanted to wear this pin representing peace.”