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Orland Park long snapper John Wirtel (No. 68) signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Bears. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
4:49 am CDT May 8, 2019

You could call it a non-draft party.

In Orland Park on April 27, a few Wirtel family members watched the final rounds of the NFL Draft and long snapper John Wirtel’s name was not one of the 254 players called.

That was expected.

“Basically 99.9 percent of snappers don’t get drafted,” he said.

 So the next-best thing happened.

Wirtel got a call from the Chicago Bears, who were interested in signing the former Orland Park Pioneers, Mount Carmel Caravan and Kansas Jayhawks player.