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 under-served 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, was December 14, 2019 at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL. 

The 2020 Patrick Mannelly ceremony was streamed live on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL. Missed it? Watch on YouTube


Thomas Fletcher, Alabama

Finalists: Damon Johnson, USC & Ryan Langan, Georgia Southern


John Shannon, Notre Dame

Finalists: Liam McCullough, Ohio State & Steven Wirtel, Iowa State


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Special thanks to: Braggs in the Stands, Tighthead Brewery, Tribal Media and Obvious Shirts

2021 DATES

 Watchlist: TBA

Semi-Finalists: TBA

Finalists: TBA

Award Ceremony: Saturday, December 11th

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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 is comprised of players who consistently exemplify the following values: EXCELLENCE, INTEGRITY, EFFECTIVENESS, TEAMWORK and BALANCE.

Congratulations to the 2019 #65 Honor Roll:
Charlie Aberle, Lake Forest High School
Gustavo Azevedo, Waubonsie Valley High School
Anthony Calderon, Kennedy High School
Chris Clarke, Lyons Township High School
Reilly Corken, Batavia High School
Reggie Davis, King High School
Thomas Dvorak, Fenwick High School
Matt Fell, St. Charles North High School
Will Halkyard, Glenbard West High School
Christopher Kelly, Loyola Academy High School
Myron Lewis, St. Laurence High School
AJ Markett, Marist High School
Robert Meyer-Shaffer, Antioch Community High School
Peter Skoronski, Maine South High School

The #65 Honor Roll will return in 2021!

Looking for more ways to engage with our mission? Learn about additional fundraising events at Bernie’s Book Bank.