We’ve all had to do it. We’ve all had to say good-bye. We’ve all seen one of our “guys” get released or traded. We hear it all the time, football is a business. That doesn’t make it any easier when it happens.
Last night, seven days before the NFL season starts, the Chicago Bears released 11-year veteran, all 11 years with the Bears, kicker Robbie Gould. What? I know he struggled in pre-season and was making over $3m for the season but it’s Robbie!!! He’s the Bears all-time leading scorer! The oldest team in the NFL. The all-time leading scorer I said as well as their most accurate kicker. Wow! And we love Robbie! Fans love him and we trust Robbie! He wasn’t perfect but when he went on the field we were pretty sure we’d be hearing “Bear Down” play shortly after.
It’s seven days before the seasons starts! We went 1-3 in pre-season and for the most part looked horrible in the first three games and you release one of our mainstays? One of the very few players on the team we have all the confidence in the world in? Please tell me I’m dreaming. Please pinch me so I can wake up and see this was a horrible nightmare!
Robbie will get picked up by another team I’m sure. I hope he does. We did sign another kicker. One that is younger and cheaper and um, played in a dome last year. Please tell me he’ll be practicing during the week at Soldier Field as the wind can get pretty crazy and swirl around during those fall and winter games by the lake.
Goodbye Robbie. Hello Connor Barth. Hello 2016 NFL season. I’ll get over it. I’ll recover. It just won’t be easy or quick but I’ll get over it just like I have all the other cuts and trades.
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