Patrick Mannelly

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Patrick Mannelly
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Mannelly in 2008.
No. 65
Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1975-04-18) April 18, 1975 (age 42)
Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Atlanta (GA) Marist
College: Duke
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Chicago Bears career leader games played (245)
  • Longest tenured player in Chicago Bears history (16 Seasons)
  • Ed Block Courage Award (2014)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 245
Player stats at

Patrick Mannelly (born April 18, 1975) is a former American football long snapper. He played college football at Duke and was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Mannelly played with the Bears for 16 years before retiring in 2014. Mannelly was also a midday sports talk host in Chicago on 670 The Score.

High school years[edit]

Mannelly attended Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was 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.

College career[edit]

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.[1] 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 the Bears defensive coordinator.

Professional career[edit]

The Bears drafted Mannelly in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Per the Bears records he snapped the ball 2,282 times during his NFL career without a botched snap.[2]

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.[3] Gould considered him one of the NFL's unsung heroes.[4]

On September 27, 2010, Mannelly broke Steve McMichael's Chicago Bears record for most games played as a Bear, with 192 (the record now stands at 245, at the time of his retirement he was tied for 43rd most in NFL history).

In a 2011 game against the San Diego Chargers, Mannelly ruptured his ACL, and was placed on injured reserve.[5]

In 2012, Mannelly broke the record for most seasons with the Bears with 15.[6] On December 24, 2012, Mannelly signed a one-year deal with the Bears.[7]

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 (when the statistic was first officially recorded), and the longest tenured player in team history.[8]

Life after football[edit]

On September 2, 2014, Mannelly debuted with Chicago sports talk radio station 670 The Score as a co-host to Matt Spiegel. Less than a year later, Mannelly left the show citing a lack of interest in covering sports besides football. He will remain on the station as a football analyst.[9]

Personal life[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Mannelly was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award on April 8, 2014.[12]


  1. ^ "Patrick Mannelly's College Career". Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Bears' Long Snapper Mannelly Retires". CBSchicago. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  3. ^ Mayer, Larry (2006-12-20). "Bears Pro Bowlers traversed different path to NFL". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Bears feel Mannelly deserves Pro Bowl nod". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  5. ^ Mayer, Larry (2011-11-21). "Mannelly out for season with ruptured ACL". Chicago Bears. Archived from the original on 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  6. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Mannelly will make history Sunday". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  7. ^ Mayer, Larry (2012-12-24). "Mannelly inks one-year extension through 2013". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (2014-06-20). "Mannelly retires after 16 seasons". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (2015-02-03). "Patrick Mannelly leaving radio show". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  10. ^ Published: June 21, 1998 (1998-06-21). "WEDDINGS; Tamara John, James Mannelly - New York Times". Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  11. ^ "Patrick Mannelly". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  12. ^ Mayer, Larry (2014-03-07). "Mannelly to receive Ed Block Award". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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