Mannelly warming up before a 2008 regular season game
|Date of birth:April 18, 1975|
|Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia|
|High school: Atlanta (GA) Marist|
|NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189|
|Debuted in 1998 for the Chicago Bears|
|Last played in 2013 for the Chicago Bears|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Patrick Mannelly (born April 18, 1975) is a former American football long snapper in the National Football League. He was originally selected with the 36th pick of the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft out of Duke University by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears during his entire 16-year career from 1998 to 2013. With his football career over, Mannelly is now a midday sports talk host in Chicago on 670 The Score.
High school years
Mannelly attended Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a good student and a letterman in football and basketball. In football, he was invited to the Georgia-Florida All-Star game after his senior season. Mannelly graduated from Marist School in 1993.
Mannelly attended Duke University and was a four-year starter at longsnapper and a two-year starter on the offensive line. He missed a majority of senior year due to a mysterious hip injury. In Mannelly's final college game he went up against Mel Tucker; 15 years later Tucker would join Mannelly at the Chicago Bears and became Mannelly's defensive co-ordinator.
The Bears drafted Mannelly in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. On September 27, 2010, Mannelly broke Steve McMichael's Chicago Bears record for most games played as a Bear, with 192. In 2006, kicker Robbie Gould claimed that Mannelly played a pivotal part of his productive season, and praised him in his Pro Bowl acceptance speech. Additionally, many of Mannelly's teammates consider him one of the NFL's unsung heroes. In a 2011 game against the San Diego Chargers, Mannelly ruptured his ACL, and was placed on injured reserve. In 2012, Mannelly broke the record for most seasons with the Bears with 15. On December 24, 2012, Mannelly signed a one-year deal with the Bears.
Mannelly retired on June 20, 2014 after a 16-year career. Mannelly ended his career with 81 special teams tackles, the third most by a Bear since 1995, and the longest tenured player in team history.
On September 2, 2014, Mannelly debuted with Chicago sports talk radio station 670 The Score as a co-host to Matt Spiegel.
Mannelly was born to Jay and Patty Mannelly. His brother, Bernard, played college football for Notre Dame. He and Tamara John, the daughter of former Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John, were married in 1998. The couple has one daughter who was born on Christmas Eve 2005. Mannelly is also a spokesperson for the American Lung Association's Athletes and Asthma program.
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