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As Good As Gould: Bears Secure Kicker Through 2013

The most accurate place kicker in Bears history is staying put.

Robbie Gould signed a five-year contract extension Monday that will allow the kicker to stay in the Windy City through the 2013 season.

Money Talks:  Gould Finally Got An Answer To His Request As The Bears Rewarded Him With A Contract Extension Worth Up To $15.5 Million, Including A $4.25 Million Signing Bouns That Will Make Him The NFL’s Highest-Paid “Booter”.

As Consistent As They Come: Accuracy has been a surety for Gould during his three-year stint with the Monsters of the Midway, as Gould has succeeded on 84 of 99 field goal attempts and 99 of his 100 extra points.

The former Penn State Nittany Lion is one of only six players in NFL history to rack up at least 125 points in consecutive seasons, tallying 126 in `07 after an NFC-high mark of 143 in `06.

“I’m really excited,” said Gould, who was entering the final year of his contract. “I’m excited to stay in the city of Chicago and to be a Chicago Bear. This is one of those opportunities that’s once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing, and I’m just excited to have it.

“I’m excited that my hard work has paid off, but I’m definitely not done working hard and making field goals and kicking kickoffs. That’s what I get paid to do. Now it’s just a matter of being able to go out there and have fun, relax and enjoy it.”

Coming Out Of Nowhere – From Hard Hat To Helmet, From Just “Kickin’ It” To Kicking It: Gould was working for M&R Contracting, a construction company owned by a family friend in Mill Hall, Pa., in October 2005 when the Bears summoned him to Chicago for a tryout. In 2006, Gould was voted to the Pro Bowl and named first-team All-Pro after connecting on 32 of 36 field goal attempts (88.9), including a franchise-record 24 straight to start the season. His 143 points ranked second in the NFL to Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Gould’s 49-yard field goal in overtime in the divisional playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field was the fifth game-winning kick of his career and gave the Bears their first post-season win in 12 seasons.

In 2007, the 6-foot, 183-pounder made 31 of 36 field goals (86.1), including 17 of 18 (94.4) over the final seven games. His only miss during that stretch, a 48-yard attempt, was blocked. Gould owns Bears records with 26 straight field goals from Dec. 25, 2005-Nov. 19, 2006 and 22 straight games with a field goal from Oct. 23, 2005-Nov. 6, 2006. Gould is one of only nine kickers to make 30 or more field goals in consecutive seasons.

Family Matters & So Does Taking Advantage Of Opportunity: “When you come out of college into the National Football League, you’re just looking to get an opportunity,” Gould said. “It made me hungry. I knew that while I was cut from two teams that I would eventually get an opportunity. Would I have ever thought that I would have lasted this long with the Chicago Bears? Probably not, because it was supposed to be a week-to-week deal and it turned out to be what’s hopefully a long career in Chicago.”

Gould signed his contract Monday at Halas Hall with his mother, father, brother and sister at his side.

“My family’s very close with me and everything we do we do as a family,” Gould said. “If there’s a moment that I want to share with them, this would be that moment.”

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  1. Ed Pope

    December 23, 2008 at 1:04 am

    What ever they pay him, its not enough !!
    He’s the ” Best Ever “

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