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Longtime long snapper Patrick Mannelly to retire

Patrick Mannelly AP

When Brian Urlacher was let go a year ago, there was a sense of the end of an era.

But today, someone who spent even more time with the Bears is going to step away.

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, veteran long snapper Patrick Mannelly will announce his retirement today.

Mannelly spent 16 years with the Bears, and they were open to having him return from hip surgery. But the 39-year-old Mannelly is walking away, leaving the team looking for someone to do the anonymous-yet-crucial job for the first time since 1997.

That guy is probably the greatest long snapper to ever play the game,” kicker Robbie Gould said. “Trying to fill those shoes, . . . those guys can’t even think about that. It’s not that it is not possible, it’s something they shouldn’t be worried about.”

Mannelly played 245 games for the Bears, and well ahead of Olin Kreutz and Steve McMichael, who are tied for second with 191 appearances.

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20 Responses to “Longtime long snapper Patrick Mannelly to retire”
  1. fballguy says: Jun 20, 2014 9:52 AM

    WOW…16 years in the league and I bet no one outside of Chicago ever heard of him. What an incredible career spent in complete anonymity.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 20, 2014 9:52 AM

    Snappy career Patrick!

  3. bassplucker says: Jun 20, 2014 9:56 AM

    Crap. As a Bears fan, this makes me sad.

    I doubt that a long-snapper will ever get into the Hall of Fame, but it that happens, he should be the guy. He was as good as it gets.

  4. strockrocks says: Jun 20, 2014 9:57 AM

    Thank you Mr. Mannelly for 16 great years!!! Does this mean I have to stress every time the new guy snaps?

  5. nuxsucks says: Jun 20, 2014 10:02 AM

    Congrats to him, underrated position, especially in a cold weather division!

  6. mcmeen0576 says: Jun 20, 2014 10:05 AM

    When the Bears create a ring of honor type deal he will be one of the names on it. Consistently great!

  7. vikings2102 says: Jun 20, 2014 10:18 AM

    That guy is probably the greatest long snapper to ever play the game,” kicker Robbie Gould said.

    Well Robbie, you are wrong. I guess you never heard of Mike Morris?! He is the greatest long snapper to ever play the game!!

  8. nflviewer says: Jun 20, 2014 10:33 AM

    A quiet, unheralded hard working and valuable player and teammate who is the same for the community off the field. People like Mannelly make the world a better place.

    Mannelly has an interesting tie to MLB. His wife, Tamara, was his college sweetheart. Her father is retired pitcher Tommy John who had a very good and long baseball career and was the first pro athlete to have the ulnar (elbow) reconstruction surgery that now bears his name (Tommy John surgery).

  9. purpleguy says: Jun 20, 2014 11:26 AM

    When you think about it, the very fact that when even fans of opposing teams in the NFCN didn’t know about the guy, it shows how good he was at his job — Anonymity = no mistakes.

  10. TheMorningStar says: Jun 20, 2014 12:02 PM

    HoF’er?

    If Ray Guy can make it, surely a long snapper, equally as important, should be in as well.

  11. bassplucker says: Jun 20, 2014 12:36 PM

    The fact that the Bears had not one, but two other long snappers at their OTAs tells me that they probably saw this coming.

  12. rextraordinaire says: Jun 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    Mannely was one of 4, maybe 5 players remaining that entered the league in the 90′s.

    Now I think it’s just Peyton Manning, Adam Vinatieri and Phil Dawson

  13. skolvikesskol says: Jun 20, 2014 4:40 PM

    Mike Morris & Patrick Mannely should go in the HOF together. All photos, sculptures and depictions of them should be of their butts. There should also be robotic snapping machines made in their images that visitors can hold and kick. Without their inductions i will be boycotting the HOF. Morris & Mannely GOAT!!!

  14. mortwannabe says: Jun 20, 2014 6:49 PM

    Had no idea that McMichael had that many games as a Bear. When he put on a Packet uniform he was erased from my memory.

  15. calvinthegreat81 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:47 PM

    You have to feel bad for a guy that has had to waste his whole career is this cesspool.

  16. 2difshoe says: Jun 20, 2014 8:48 PM

    Now the snappee can enjoy some snapper !

  17. dabears308 says: Jun 20, 2014 9:03 PM

    Great career, sir! You will be missed. BEAR DOWN!!

  18. bearsfan4life says: Jun 21, 2014 5:07 PM

    Long snappers don’t belong in the hall of fame. But if there was one that were to go, he would be the one.

    I watched the compilation video of all his career botched snaps. It was the shortest video ever. There were none.

    I can’t even recall snaps where the holder/punter had to reach for the ball.

  19. larryboodry says: Jun 22, 2014 3:11 AM

    Thanks and congrats to Patrick for a stellar career.

  20. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 22, 2014 10:00 PM

    calvinthegreat81 says:
    Jun 20, 2014 8:47 PM
    You have to feel bad for a guy that has had to waste his whole career is this cesspool.

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    This article isn’t about Calvin Johnson, nor is his career over yet. There is still hope Calvin Johnson.

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