Robbie Gould #9 Kicker
6' 185 lbs
8Th Season / Penn State
Bio - Gould, who has been with the Bears for all eight seasons of his career, is the most accurate kicker in team history and fifth most accurate in NFL history, making 187 of 218 (85.8%) field goals in his career. In his 2006 Pro Bowl season, Gould led all kickers with 143 points- just one point shy of the franchise record- and set the franchise record for most field goals made in a season (32). Gould ranks second in franchise history in career scoring (808 points) and career field goals made. He was the first Chicago Bear to make 30 or more field goals in back-to-back seasons (2006-07), and he holds multiple other franchise records (first to record 100 or more points in six straight seasons, seven seasons of 20+ field goals and five seasons of 25+ field goals, 26 straight field goals from 12/25/05 to 11/19/06, and 22 consecutive games with a field goal). Gould is 37-for-43 in his career on field goal attempts during the final two minutes of a half or in overtime with nine game winners; his most memorable, perhaps, was a 49-yard field goal in overtime of the 2006 NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle, the 17th overtime field goal in NFL playoff history and the first in Bears playoff history.
Lou's Call – If you're an old time Bears fan like myself, you remember the carousel of kickers who wore the Bears uniform as coaches like Dave Wannstedt and Dick Jauron searched for the next Kevin Butler...hey, they would've taken the next Bob Thomas! Remember Carlos Huerta, Jeff Jaeger, Hans Nielsen, Paul Edinger? When Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith found Robbie Gould, they truly struck "gold!" Gould has gotten better with age. His leg strength that was once a concern no longer is a worry with Gould hitting touch backs on 53% of his kicks in 2011. He was also 6-6 from 50 yards or further including a franchise record 57 yarder in Denver. The guy is the 5th most accurate kicker in NFL history as he gets ready for his 8th NFL season and his 806 pts trails only Butler on the Bears franchise list. The guy's an MVP at his position.
Dionne's View – A better person than he is a kicker, and that is saying a lot. He's an 86% field goal kicker, missed 4 last season. And he's only missed 1 extra point in his career. I know those are chip shots, but its nice to feel he's automatic. A tough physical veteran on the line. He's big and can assist in the pass rush. All reasons to like him at the nose position again this season.