Robbie Gould apologizes after threatening to leave over field conditions
After last Chicago Bears’ loss to the Houston Texans last week, Robbie Gould blamed the Soldier Field grounds crew for not responsibly pulling up a tarp over the grass to prevent additional moisture during a heavy rainstorm recording 2 inches of rainfall across the region. But after a weekend of refection and having cooled-off from a humiliating loss, Robbie Gould’s sourness turned into an apologetic statement to the grounds crew.
“I need to apologize to the grounds crew at Soldier Field and our grounds crew for my recent comments regarding the field,” stated Robbie Gould. “I have since learned a lot more about the NFL’s policies and the measures that are taken at Soldier Field to ensure a reliable and safe playing surface.”
“It was my mistake to speak prior to having a full understanding,” continued Robbie Gould. “That’s not why I missed a field goal on Sunday, and it’s not why I’ve missed the other field goals this year.”
However, prior to Thursday’s statement, Robbie Gould appeared less than satisfied with the grass conditions at Soldier Field and hinted that it could serve as a factor in his future with the possibility of a contract extension by the Chicago Bears edging even closer.
“I have a year left on my contract. I hope to stay a Bear. If those are the [field] conditions we’ve got to play in, I just have to adjust,” Robbie Gould later expressed in an interview Chicago Sun-Times, “and obviously those are the type of situations you look for in re-signing with teams.”
“I don’t know if I want to deal with that as I get older as a kicker,” said Robbie Gold, who became the NFL’s highest-paid kicker in 2008 after signing the currently expiring six-year, $15.5 million extension with the Chicago Bears. “But at the same time, I’d love to retire a Bear. I’d love to be here.”
“I’ve got a year left before we start talking about that, but those are things that guys like myself in my position think about,” added Robbie Gould.
While it isn’t unusual for players to throw in demands about issues not directly related to their playtime on field and role with the franchise, Robbie Gould’s recent disappointment with the Chicago Bears’ field conditions is uncalled for since he’s an old soul at Soldier Field. Before re-signing on the 2008 extension, Robbie Gould spent three seasons kicking at Soldier Field under similar field conditions. So, Robbie Gould shouldn’t be particularly surprised while playing on arguably one of the worst fields in NFL.