Sherrick McManis remembers the hissing.
As the Chicago Bears reached the final day of training camp on Sunday in Bourbonnais, the Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer found out how the grind of training camp compared to odd jobs once held by current Bears players.
Some worked retail, others manned snack bars or cleaned floors.
The 30-year-old McManis — a Peoria native and Bears special teams ace entering his ninth NFL season — remembered back to his time washing dishes at WeaverRidge Country Club.
One night he "went to take the garbage out and found himself face to face with a group of baby raccoons," Wiederer wrote.
“Then I saw the mom right behind them,” McManis told the Trib.
The angry hiss remains vivid in the veteran cornerback’s mind.
“And that,” McManis told the paper, “was the last time I took that garbage out that late at night.”
“Everything has its purpose,” McManis said. “But I’m still trying to find out the purpose of that part of my life.”
McManis, who played at Richwoods and Northwestern, has consistently been the Bears' top performer on special teams and led the team in its points performance chart for that phase last season despite missing three games. He is expected to make the Bears' 53-player roster, according to NBC Sports Chicago.
The steady vet signed a two-year deal in March and gives first-year special teams coordinator Chris Tabor depth. Despite missing time last season, McManis led the Bears with 269 snaps on special teams. He tied with Benny Cunningham for the team lead with 12 tackles on special teams and added a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery.
McManis has made 80 tackles on special teams since former general manager Phil Emery acquired him from the Houston Texans in a 2012 trade for fullback Tyler Clutts. He served as a captain for special teams last season.