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Bears' Robbie Gould Two Field Goals Away From NFL History

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Four years ago, Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould was working construction in Pennsylvania. Now, he's just two made field goals away from becoming the most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL.

Gould was undrafted out of Penn State in 2005, but the New England Patriots picked him up as a free agent prior to the preseason. He was released shortly thereafter and picked up by the Baltimore Ravens, only to be waived just three weeks later. In Week 3 of that season, the Chicago Bears' kicker, Doug Brien, went down with an injury and Gould got his chance.

Now in his fifth season with the team, Gould is the highest-paid kicker in the NFL, and if you ask Bears fans, he's worth every penny.
Gould has a career 86.3 percent accuracy, having successfully connected on 120 of 139 attempts. During the 2006 season, he went 26-of-26 to start the season and finished 26-of-29, including two overtime game-winning field goals, one against the Bucs to secure home field advantage and the other against the Seahawks to help the team advance to the NFC Championship game. And he hasn't slowed down this season; he's made 10 of 11 field goals attempts and broke his career long with a 52-yarder against Detroit in Week 4.

This week against the Arizona Cardinals, if Robbie "Good As Gould" connects on his first two field goal attempts, he'll surpass Mike Vanderjagt as the most accurate kicker in league history. Vanderjagt was an 86.5 percent kicker, connecting on 230 of 266 kicks over a nine-year career.

Kickers don't always get the credit they deserve, but they get plenty of blame when they miss with the game on the line. Bears fans know better than anyone this season how important it is to have a dependable kicker--the team may very well have started the season 0-3 were it not for some big misses from the Steelers' Jeff Reed and the Seahawks' Olindo Mare.

This Sunday, let's make sure Robbie Gould gets the love he deserves. We know he'll have a chance to earn it--the Bears' red zone offense is all but non-existent. When that second made field goal splits the uprights, I expect a stadium-wide chant of "Robbie! Robbie!" or "Good As Gould! Good As Gould!" 

Kickers need love too, even kickers that rake in over $15 mil.

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