by FKO! Cub Reporter Danny Wojciehowski
In high school, Robbie Gould, 25, who plays for the Chicago Bears wanted to be a soccer player. But, today he is a professional football player with the Chicago Bears and is the highest paid NFL kicker.
His father was a soccer player, and his brother plays football at the University of Virginia. Robbie Gould was born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and went to Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. His multi-athletic talents showed when he won letters in soccer, football, basketball and track while still in high school.
Although his father played soccer he told Robbie to follow his own dream, and was very supportive of him.
After graduating high school, he went to Penn State as a freshman-walk on. In 2005, he signed with the New England Patriots. He was released pre-season, and signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He was then released form Baltimore and on October 8, 2005, he signed with the Chicago Bears.
Gould holds the Chicago Bears record for the most consecutive field goals made at 25.
I had the chance to speak with Robbie Gould about his career. The first question I asked him was "Why did you pick football over soccer?"
He mentioned a lot of reasons.
"One of the reasons was going to a Division 1 school. I would get to play under Joe Paterno. Joe Paterno was really a great mentor, and I learned a lot from him. Another reason was the 110,000 fans that sell out the stadium at every Penn State game.