Patrick Mannelly retired from his 16-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears on Friday. The Marietta, Ga., native concluded his tenure as the organization’s record holder for most games played at 245.CHICAGO – Former Duke standout
Following the 2013 campaign, the veteran long snapper who served as Chicago’s special teams captain from 2008-13 underwent hip surgery.
“I wanted to go all-in with my rehab, working out, everything,” Mannelly said Friday during a conference call with reporters. “I said I’d listen to my body and my body’s tapping me on the back and saying, ‘That’s it, bud, I think you’re done.’
“So it’s been an awesome 16 years, and I’m fortunate to be able to walk away. People always say that. But I am. The body is just done. It’s time to move on to other things in life and look forward to the next chapter.”
A sixth round selection in the 1998 NFL Draft following his career with the Blue Devils, Mannelly helped the Bears to four division championships in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2010 along with the 2006 NFC title.
Mannelly handled 2,282 long snaps during his career, and helped the Bears set NFL records for most consecutive punts without a block (920) and games without a blocked punt (180). He also was credited for 81 career tackles.