On Thursday, Robbie Gould joined ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy. On the show, the former Bears kicker opened up about the end of his tenure in Chicago. Gould began to reminisce about the moment the team cut him.
“I got cut 9 o’clock at night and no one was there. There was a trainer, John Fox and Ryan Pace. I didn’t get to say goodbye to anybody in the build for 11 years and you cut me at the very last minute. In hopes that, you know, obviously, I wouldn’t get a job. Which wasn’t the care. I had opportunities. I just chose not to do those because I didn’t want to go play for places that were gonna lose.”– Robbie Gould on Waddle & Silvy
Still, Gould has no ill will for anyone in the Bears organization. And that includes those who played a part in his tenure with the team coming to an end.
“I have no hard feelings towards anybody.”– Robbie Gould on Waddle & Silvy
However, this next part will really hurt Bears fans. Gould says he wanted to wrap up his playing career where it all began. He wanted to be a Bear for life.
“I wanted to finish my career here. I would have loved to be a Bear like Jason Hanson (Lions) for twenty years. That would have been amazing to me. These are things you can’t control as a player.”– Robbie Gould on Waddle & Silvy
Fallout of Cutting Gould
The Bears parted ways with Gould on September 4, 2016. It proved to be of the biggest blunders in the Ryan Pace era. Of course, part of that blame falls on John Fox as well.
Just a month later, Gould signed with the New York Giants and played out the 2016 season there. Since 2017, Gould has been with the San Francisco 49ers. He has reached the playoffs twice with San Francisco, including a Super Bowl appearance. Notably, Gould booted a game-winning field goal in the NFC Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers this past January. Of course, that kicked ended the Packers season, much to the delight of Bears fans.
On the flip side, the Bears went into a kicking turmoil. After Gould left, the following place kickers have suited up for Chicago:
- Connor Barth (2016-2017)
- Mike Nugent (2017)
- Cody Parkey (2018)
- Eddy Pineiro (2019)
- Cairo Santos (2020-current)
It’s no secret the Bears’ kicking situation has been a mess, highlighted by the fiasco of replacing Parkey. Remember the plethora of kickers brought in for a kicking tournament during training camp 2019?
It took until 2020 and into 2021 until Cairo Santos stabilized the position with his franchise-record-setting performance. Regardless of the fallout, Robbie Gould remains a Chicago icon and Bears legend.