EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Jets center Nick Mangold wore an NYPD cap before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, as a tribute to the police department and the two officers killed on the job Saturday.
"Those two officers, it's a shame. That's tough," Mangold said. "Those guys, they do a great job. I've been here nine years. Every one of those guys that's out there, that risks their lives every day, to go out there and keep the community safe, protect the community -- for that to happen, for those two guys, for their families, that's a raw deal.
"If wearing that hat gives a little bit of comfort or shows support for those folks, I'm happy to do it."
Mangold said he had the idea after reading about the killings Saturday night. He texted a friend, who helped him obtain the hat.
"Those men and women, they go out there every day, they don't know if it's gonna be their last day," Mangold said. "We go out here, we play a sport. We don't know whether or not it's gonna be our last play, you never know. And when you magnify that with when you go out there, you don't know if it's your last day on Earth, I can't even imagine what they go through.
"I've always been a big fan of the NYPD, [New] Jersey police, our folks locally in Chatham [New Jersey], they do an unbelievable job. And so I took the opportunity to support them."