John Wirtel is a 6-foot-3 and 250 pound long snapper who was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Bears. Every team in the NFL has a  long snapper. Long snappers are  generally acquired as undrafted free agents. A good long snapper generally does unnoticed in football. They are noticed only when they have performance problems.

Wirtel played for Kansas and before that was on the Mount Carmel High School team in Chicago.