The Bears have another award winner with veteran long snapper Patrick Mannelly receiving the prestigious Ed Block Courage Award. The awards are 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.
Mannelly is especially humbled by this award because it’s voted on strictly by teammates.
“I think when you play sports you play for two reasons: You play for the love of the game and you play for your teammates, and anytime your teammates who you play for vote you any award it means that much to you, and this one definitely does.”