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An Ode to the Long-Snapper

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An Ode to the Long-Snapper
An Ode to the Long-Snapper

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Patrick Mannelly

Here's to the long-snapper
The most thankless of jobs
But one if messed up
Creates screaming mobs

The long-snapper shoots the ball back
For his friends to kick
But if he sends it sailing
The other team will get a pick

Here's to the big, strong man
Who's been doing it for 12 years
Consistently the best long-snapper
For the Chicago Bears

Though Maynard gets the yards
And Gould the adulation
It's Mannelly the long-snapper
Who deserves appreciation

In the last year of his contract?
Give him what he asks
Because we know few others
Who could handle the tasks

Here's to Patrick Mannelly
Now on the All-Fundamentals Team
The NFL has finally recognized
The Bears' bright, shining beam

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