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Chicago Bears' Patrick Mannelly uses Old School line to announce retirement

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So the record ends at 245 games.

Chicago Bears will line up with a new permanent longsnapper for the first time since 1998 after Patrick Mannelly officially retired from the franchise Friday.

Having played at Soldier Field for a franchise record 17 straight seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 Draft, the 39-year-old made the announcement via his official Twitter account - citing an Old School movie reference in the process:

"Thanks @ChicagoBears and the city of Chicago! In the words of Frank the Tank "I had an awesome time!" #retired," wrote Mannelly alongside a clip from the movie starring Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn.

Moving on to other things.

The news will be greeted with sadness by the Bears faithful with Mannelly something of a cult hero after his years of service to the team.

Captain of special teams for the past six seasons, Mannelly was an integral part of the make up of the franchise and spoke Friday about how he came about making the decision to walk away:

"I said I'd listen to my body. And my body's tapping me on the back and saying, 'That's it, bud. I think you're done.' So it's been an awesome 16 years. And I'm fortunate to be able to walk away," Mannelly explained.

"People always say that. But I am. The body is just done. Time to move on to other things in life and look forward to the next chapter."

Having undergone hip-surgery earlier this offseason it is clear that he simply did not feel comfortable returning for 2014.

Snap Happy

Mannelly's prolonged career in the pro's, and with the Bears, means he hold a number of records.

As mentioned, his 17 seasons in Chicago is more than any other player in their history and his 245 appearances over 50 more than second-best Bear Steve McMichael.

Mannello finishes with a perfect record on snaps completed, with 2,282 going without a hitch as well as making 81 tackles on special teams down the years.

His constant coolness under pressure, and impressive efficiency also helped the Bears punting unit to a record setting feat between 1998- 2003. The team went 920 consecutive punts without a block.

Playing a position that often gets overlooked due to it's limited role, Patrick Mannelly managed to break out of being simply a long snapper and turn himself into a Chicago Bears cult hero.

And so we end as Mannelly did...

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