Pat Mannelly will set Bears' franchise record Monday

Chicago Bears long snapper Pat Mannelly, one of two players on the roster who date back to the Dave Wannstest era, will set a franchise record for games played in Monday night when the team hosts the Green Bay Packers.

It will be Mannelly’s 192nd career game, moving him one ahead of Steve “Mongo McMichael,” the revered defensive tackle from the 1985 Super Bowl team.

Mannelly has missed only three games in his career, which began in 1998 when he was a sixth-round pick from Duke, and 2002 was the last time he was sidelined. The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract and would like an extension.

I asked him what the Bears were getting for him in the way of a gift to honor the occasion.

“Sideline pass,” he quipped. “I get to stand on the sideline during the game. Hey, what did they give Cal Ripken.”

Told Ripken got pretty much all of Baltimore when his streak of 2,632 consecutive games ended, Mannelly responded, “That’s the number of snaps for my career.”

Bears center Olin Kreutz has a chance to tie McMichael. If he plays every game this season, he’ll be at 191 games. Kreutz, 33, is also in the final year of his contract and would like to return to the team next season.

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