Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of the Patrick Mannelly Award. 

Long Snappers are the ultimate unsung heroes of football. Not successful field goal, extra point or punt can happen without a successful snap to get it started. Bernie’s Book Bank has a similar role – no child can learn to read without books. We serve behind the scenes yet are an integral player in the literacy equation. 

Both the Long Snapper and Bernie’s Book Bank value excellence, integrity, effectiveness, teamwork and balance.

Unfortunately, the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) who recognizes 25 Awards on an annual basis, has overlooked the critical Long Snapper position. 

The Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award shines a bright light on this unnoticed but essential position in football and provides rare recognition for the impactful role they play in today’s game. 

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of this prestigious award. Our mission to source, process and distribute quality children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk children, with excellence and integrity, makes Bernie’s Book Bank the perfect teammate for the Long Snapper. 

The inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award Dinner, presented by William Blair, is December 14th at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL. Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and a lively discussion featuring two distinguished Chicago Bears alumni. 

Tickets are nearly sold out! To purchase a ticket, please email Gretchen Waltz at [email protected] 



Watchlist: Thursday, August 1

Semi-Finalists: Monday, November 16

Finalists: Monday, November 23

Award Ceremony: Saturday, December 14 at Bernie’s Book Bank 

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Highlighting 65 high school football players who exhibit the unsung hero values of a Long Snapper.

In conjunction with the Patrick Mannelly Award, and in honor of the number Mannelly wore as a member of the Chicago Bears, the 65 Honor Roll will recognize exemplary high school football players across Chicagoland. The 65 Honor Roll will consist of players that exemplify the following values: excellence, integrity, effectiveness, teamwork and balance. Winners will be recognized at the award ceremony on December 14th at Bernie’s Book Bank.