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5 Things to Know About Vikings New Center Greg Mancz 

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EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have bolstered their offensive line depth.

Minnesota signed center Greg Mancz to its active roster, the team announced Monday. The move came after Austin Schlottmann suffered a fractured fibula against the Packers Sunday, ending his season.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mancz (pronounced MANTS) was originally an undrafted free agent by the Texans in 2015 and has spent time with Houston, Baltimore, Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland. Mancz most recently was on the Browns 53-man roster but was released on Dec. 23.

The 30-year-old has started 32 of 64 career games and joins a Vikings centers group led by Garrett Bradbury, who has missed the past four contests with a back injury.

View photos of Vikings center Greg Mancz who signed with the team on Jan 3.

Here are five things to know about Mancz:

1. Former Rocket

Mancz was a standout at the University of Toledo, where he maintained a string of 47 starts for the Rockets. In 2014, he was named the MAC Most Valuable Player and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is given to the best player in the Mid-American Conference. He also received First-Team All-MAC honors, Second-Team All-American honors (the only player from the MAC to do so) and was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Mancz was recognized at Toledo for more than his on-field performance, as well.

He was a finalist for the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy, which is given to the college football player "who combines outstanding community service with athletic and academic achievement." He was also a semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is given to the best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Mancz graduated with a degree in finance.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 14, 2023.

2. Committed to the community

Mancz's community efforts didn't slow when he got to the NFL.

In every city he's played for, he's made sure to give back in numerous ways, from being involved with Fernside Cincinnati, a nonprofit focused on children navigating grief, to playing in the Bills annual charity softball game.

Mancz also participates every season in the NFL's My Cause My Cleats campaign. Over the years, he's supported organizations that include the Houston Food Bank, Fernside and Bo's Place.

3. A father's memory

Mancz's passion for supporting children experiencing grief comes from his own childhood experience.

When Mancz was just 11 years old, his father Brian experienced a medical emergency at home and, despite life-saving measures taken by Mancz's mother and first responders, Brian passed away.

Some of Mancz's most special memories revolve around watching NFL games with his father, who inspired his football journey.

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4. World traveler

During the 2018 offseason, Mancz traveled to New Zealand with former Texans teammate Brian Peters, who spent the 2015 offseason with Minnesota and part of that season on the Vikings practice squad.

The two visited Devil's Punchbowl Falls, Hokitika, Fox Glacier, Lake Wanaka, the Blue Pools, Roys Peak, the Routeburn Track, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables mountain range and enjoyed a helicopter tour, during which Mancz had an opportunity to fly the aircraft.

The vacation was an unforgettable adventure for the friends, especially after Peters had been displaced from his home the previous year due to Hurricane Harvey. Mancz was among those who showed up to assist Peters in cleanup efforts.

Mancz also has traveled to Bora Bora.

5. Always up for some fun

Traverse Mancz's Instagram page (@gregmancz), and you'll see he's always up to have a good time with friends.

This past Halloween, Mancz and his fiancée Emma (the two recently got engaged over Christmas) dressed as characters from the film Blades of Glory. For a Texans Halloween party in 2017, he went as Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

And earlier this year, Emma threw Mancz a Hawaiian-themed 30th birthday party.

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