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Bears longtime kicker retires after 18 seasons

3 months agoJake Mozarsky

The Bears’ all-time leading scorer called it a career on Wednesday morning.

Robbie Gould, who played for Chicago from 2005 to 2015, has retired after 18 seasons in the NFL, he announced in the Players’ Tribune Thursday morning. Gould, who is 10th all-time in the NFL in scoring, also played for the New York Giants in 2016 and the San Francisco 49ers from 2017 to 2022.

Throughout his career, the 41-year-old scored 1,961 points and is eighth all-time in field goals made with 447. He will be remembered partially for his postseason career, where he never missed a field goal or extra point.

In 11 seasons with the Bears, Gould kicked for 1,207 points, 276 field goals and 26 field goals of at least 50 yards. He was a First-team All-Pro in 2006, when he kicked 26 consecutive field goals, which broke Kevin Butler’s previously held Bears record of 24. That season, Gould also hit a 49-yard field goal in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks to advance the Bears to the NFC Championship. Chicago went on to make the Super Bowl, where they fell to the Indianapolis Colts. 

In his retirement story, Gould said he loved everything about his time in Chicago. 

“We had some deep playoff runs, and we made a ton of memories,” Gould said in the Players’ Tribune. “The McCaskey family gave me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream, and it was an honor to play for them. Ultimately, I hope that we made Bears fans proud. They deserve it.” 

Check out Gould’s full retirement story in the Players’ Tribune here.

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