The longest-tenured Chicago Bear in history will now be here for at least one more season.
When the 2012 season kicked off, long-snapper Patrick Mannelly became the longest-tenured player in Chicago Bears history. He has now been with the team for 15 seasons, and General Manager Phil Emery decided today that he'd like to see Pat around for a little while longer.
The team announced today that Mannelly has been given a one-year contract extension, which will keep him in the Navy and Orange through the 2013 season.
The 37 year old Mannelly has shown no signs of slowing down this season, often being involved in tackles on punt coverage. Special Teams coach Dave Toub has had a few hiccups this season, but Mannelly is a guy that he knows will show up game after game and perform at the highest of levels.
So, for the second time this season, we say 'Congratulation, Patrick Mannelly!'-- We love seeing you on our sideline each and every week, and are excited to have you back for another round in 2013!