Robbie Gould came into the National Football League in 2005 after a great career at Penn State University. His story is well known to me because he attended the same high school as I did. Lock Haven High School , where he started, was blended into a new school, Central Mountain High School, which is where Robbie Gould graduated. His dad was a soccer star at a local university, division II Lock Haven University (of Pa.) which was a soccer power in the early 1980s. Robbie's younger brother Chris was a kicker and a punter at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
As often happens with kickers Robbie Gould was not drafted. He got a call in the Summer of 2005 from the Chicago Bears to come to training camp...he was working construction at the time in the months after he graduated from Penn State. He made the team and has stayed valuable by hitting a very high percentage (86%) of his kicks. In only one season, 2005, did he fail to hit less than 80% of his field goals. He kicked his career long field goal--58-yards--a few weeks ago in the Bears' 2013 season opener.
He found himself playing in Super Bowl XLI in his second year (2006-07)...alas, though, his Bears lost to that guy, Peyton Manning who was then quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.
Check out photos from Robbie Gould's rookie year, 2005, through this month, September 2013.