The Bears all-time leader in seasons (16) and games played (245) Has handled the snapping duties in all but 11 games during his NFL career Bears special teams captain for last 6 seasons (2008-13) Contributed to Bears setting an NFL record for most consecutive unblocked punts (920) and games without a blocked punt (180) that covered 13 years and was snapped in 2003 Snapped every punt and kick (PAT and FG) attempt for Chicago from 1998-2000, 2003-10 and 2012 Has played in all 16 games 12 times in his career while pulling the trigger on 2,156-of-2,232 long-snap attempts during that time One of the league’s top coverage long snappers, notching 80 career special teams tackles, third-most by a Bear since 1995, trailing Adrian Peterson (110)


Played in 14 games while extending his record of 16 seasons in a Bears uniform. Finished career with 245 games played (Bears record). Special Teams captain for a sixth consecutive season.


Entered NFL as a sixth-round selection (189th overall) by Chicago in the 1998 NFL Draft. Signed 5-year contract extension with Bears (1/25/01) Signed 6-year contract extension with Bears (2/14/05). Signed 2-year extension (12/27/10). Signed 1-year extension (12/24/12). SIGNED through 2013


During his franchise record 15th season with the Bears, handled long snapping duties in all 16 games, while being named special teams captain for fifth consecutive season. Collected 2 special teams tackles. GAMES PLAYEDSTARTED: 16-0


Handled long snapping duties in 10 games, while being named special teams captain for fourth consecutive season. Collected 1 special teams tackles. Helped P Adam Podlesh set franchise record in net punting average (40.4) and K Robbie Gould to third best FG mark in franchise history (87.5, 28-of-32).


Special teams captain played in all 16 games for the eighth consecutive year. Tallied 4 special teams tackles.


Played in all 16 games and was once again Chicago’s special teams captain. Helped K Robbie Gould connect on 24-of-28 FG attempts (85.7 percent). Credited with 2 special teams tackles.


Saw action in all 16 games for the sixth consecutive year and was named Chicago’s special teams captain. Bears K Robbie Gould posted the most accurate season in Bears history, connecting on 26-of-29 field goals (89.7%). Also played a part in P Brad Maynard’s NFL-leading 40 punts inside-the-20. Notched 1 special teams tackle. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-0


Handled the long snapping duties in all 16 games. With his help, kicking game tied for first in the NFC and 2nd in the NFL with 31 field goals made and ranked 4th in the NFC and 7th in the NFL with 126 kicking points. Credited with 4 special teams tackles. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-0


Competed in all 16 regular season contests and all 3 postseason games as the Bears long snapper Helped Chicago to 143 kicking points in 2006 (32 field goals, 47 PATs), tops in the NFL Assisted on 3 special teams tackles during the regular season Added 2 special teams tackles in the playoffs. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-0


Played all 16 regular season games and the Divisional Playoff, finishing the year with 5 special teams tackles. Served as long snapper on 7 punts and 1 PAT at WASH (9/11). Made 1 special teams tackle vs. CIN (9/25)… Credited with 1 special teams tackle at CLE (10/9). Recorded 1 special teams tackle at DET (10/30)… Notched 1 special teams tackle at TB (11/27). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-0


Snapped every punt and kick attempt in all 16 games while tying for 5th on the team with a career-high tying 11 special teams tackles. Registered 3 special teams tackles vs. PHI (10/3). Recorded 1 special teams tackle vs. SF (10/31) in 100th career game. Served as long snapper and posted 2 special teams tackles at JAX (12/12). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-0


Performed as Chicago’s long snapper in all 16 games for the fourth time in his career and posted 1 special teams tackle. Recovered fumble on special teams in season opener at SF (9/7) and assisted on special teams tackle. Season finale at KC (12/28) was his 25th consecutive game played. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 16-0


Served as Chicago’s long snapper in 14 games, missing two contests due to a left knee injury, and ranked sixth on the team by equaling a career-high with 11 special teams tackles Snapped all punt and kick attempts during Games 1-5 and 8-16 while being named as a Gameday Inactive for Games 6-7 due to a left knee injury suffered during a bye-week practice Tied career-high with three special teams tackles at BUF (9/29) Inactive at DET (10/20) and at MIN (10/27) due to left knee injury Returned to lineup vs. PHI (11/3) and equaled career-high with three special teams tackles Recorded two special teams tackles vs. NE (11/20). GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 14-0


Played in 15 of 16 games, missing his first career game and ending his 51-game streak of snapping every Bears punt, PAT and FG attempt since coming into the NFL. Snapped every punt and kick attempt in all other games. Tied career-high with three special teams tackles vs MIN (9/23) in his 50th game in the NFL.  Suffered a sprained right ankle during the week leading up to the game vs ARIZ (10/14) and was inactive for the first time in his career. Returned to active duty at CIN (10/21) and snapped on all punts and kick attempts. Notched two special teams tackles at MIN (11/25). Made his postseason debut in the Divisional Playoff vs PHI (1/19/02). Games played-started: 15-0


Participated in all 16 games for the third time in his three-year career. Anchored the Bears front line that did not allow a single block of a field goal attempt, extra point attempt or punt. Tenth on the team with six special teams tackles. Games played-started: 16-0

1999 SEASON:

Saw action in every contest for second straight season. Served as long snapper for every FG, PAT and punt in 16 games. Tied for sixth with eight special teams tackles, including five in last two contests. Set career-high with three special teams stops at StL (12/26) despite injuring left hand. Recorded two more special teams tackles in final game vs TB (1/2/00). Games played-started: 16-0.


Played in every game as a rookie. Snapped every field goal, PAT and punt in 16 games. Tied for sixth with 11 special teams tackles. Eight solo stops on special teams tied for second on team. Made NFL debut in Season Opener vs Jax (9/6). Recorded two special teams stops at Ariz (10/11). Recorded two special teams stops at GB (12/12). Originally drafted in sixth round (189th overall) by Chicago.


Fifth-year senior who was two-year starter on Duke’s offensive line. Blue Devil’s long snapper since freshman season (1993). Steady performer at left tackle after taking medical redshirt as fifth-year senior. Played one game (Army) in 1996 before infected lymph nodes caused him to miss the remainder of season. A projected pre-season all-ACC selection. Started all 11 games at left guard as a junior. Established himself as one of league’s best blockers. Moved from defensive line to offensive line prior to junior season. Played in all 12 games as deep snapper and reserve defensive end as a sophomore. Switched to offensive line following regular season prior to team’s Hall of Fame Bowl appearance. Played in all 11 games as team’s deep snapper as a freshman. Atlanta

How the Journey Began

Patrick’s pathway to success started long before he entered the college football scene at Duke. The journey wouldn’t have happened without encouragement from family and friends. Read more about what happened before the journey began.