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Mannelly receives Ed Block Award

Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly received the Ed Block Courage Award Monday night at a banquet in Baltimore.


Patrick Mannelly was selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 1998 draft.
The prestigious award was presented to one player on all 32 NFL teams who best exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage and serves as an inspiration in the locker room. The award recipients, who are voted for by their teammates, symbolize professionalism, great strength and dedication, and they are considered community role models.

"I've always believed that anytime you get an award from your teammates, that's one of the highest honors you can receive," Mannelly said earlier this month. "If your teammates are honoring you, it means a lot and this award means a lot to me.

"Physically, the last couple years have been a little more challenging than when I was younger. To overcome some of the injuries I've had has made these years a little more trying on this old body. But when your teammates recognize that and give you an award for your courage and sportsmanship, it means a lot."

Mannelly, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, holds Bears all-time records for games (245) and seasons (16) played.

Ed Block was a long-time head trainer with the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his field. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation promotes the prevention of child abuse by raising awareness of the epidemic and assisting agencies that provide for the care and treatment of abused children.

Mannelly will also be honored for winning the award at a luncheon April 8 at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Fans can purchase tickets to attend the event for $60.

The luncheon also honors the life and contributions of the late Ed McCaskey by raising money for a scholarship fund in his name. During his tenure with the Bears, McCaskey was known for his support of and generosity to Maryville. The memorial fund, which benefits Maryville's education programs, was established to carry on the spirit of giving that was so much a part of his life.

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