WSCR-AM/670 The Score has announced that the Chicago Bears’ recently retired long snapper Patrick Mannelly has joined the station. Mannelly will have a few roles with the station during the upcoming football season.
The Chicago Bears drafted Mannelly out of Duke University in the 1998 NFL Draft. He was a starter his rookie season and played every game that year. In fact, he has played in just about every Chicago Bears game since 1998, missing very few due to injuries. Mannelly holds the record for the most games played as a Chicago Bear and is the longest tenured player in team history.
Less than one month ago, on June 20th, Mannelly, announced his retirement from professional football.
He may be retired from playing football, but Mannelly, 39, is far from retired from working. The longtime local gridiron star now joins WSCR-AM as a Bears and football expert.
Each Sunday before a Chicago Bears game, WSCR-AM has a pre-game show with Hub Arkush and Dan Pompei. Patrick Mannelly will now be the third co-host of that show. (The Bears games themselves are heard on WSCR-AM’s sister-station WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780.)
In addition, Mannelly will appear on WSCR-AM talk shows during the week to discuss the current football season, as well as contributing a weekly Bears blog to the station’s website.
Mitch Rosen, WSCR-AM Program Director, said today: “I love this move for our station, here is a Chicago Bears player who retired less than 30 days ago, played 16 years in the NFL and now is on The Score team. This season could be an epic season for the Bears and to have a former player like Pat analyzing the team is a huge win for our listeners and the Chicago Bear fans.”
Mannelly previously had had a taste of radio work in the last few years, contributing a regular weekly morning appearance on “The Eric & Kathy Show” on WTMX-FM/101.9 The Mix. The segment during the football season was called “Mannelly Mondays.”
Read more at Chicagoland Radio and Media where this story was originally published.