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Patrick Manelly About to Become the Longest Serving Bear

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    When Long Snapper Pat Mannelly graduated from Duke in 1998 he thought he'd take a job trading stocks at Morgan Stanley not in the NFL.  

    More than 13 years later he's about to become the longest-tenured Bear.

    Monday night at Soldier Field Mannelly will break DT Steve McMichael's record of 191 games in a Bears uniform. He's got just a few weeks on Olin Kruetz and about two years on Brian Urlacher.

    His family -- including father-in-law and baseball player Tommy John --  will be on hand as he is honored.  Manelly's 13 years is half what his father-in-law's career amounted to. Tommy John put in 26 years after a surgery that bears his name extended his career.

    How long can Manelly go? 

    "As long as the man upstairs allows" Mannelly said, to which I said "Who is that? 

    Jerry Angelo or God?"  Mannelly laughed and said "Both!  Aren't they the same?!"