49ers Robbie Gould’s birthday comes with NFL honor
SANTA CLARA – Robbie Gould’s 35th birthday Wednesday came with an early-morning present: the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.
Add it to all the feel-good takeaways Gould got Sunday from his revengeful and rewarding return to Chicago. He made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 24-yard game winner in the final seconds, to give the 49ers a 15-14 win over the Bears.
Kicker Robbie Gould celebrates with 49ers teammates Daniel Kilgore and Joe Staley Sunday at Soldier Field, which is where Gould kicked for the Bears from 2005-15 and became their all-time leading scorer. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Here is another honor Gould deserves: best 49ers free-agent acquisition of 2017. As Phil Dawson’s replacement, Gould is signed through 2018, when his base salary climbs $500,000 to $2 million, according to NFL Players Association figures.
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Gould forged his career in Chicago and became the Bears all-time leading scorer from 2005-15. He maintains his permanent home there. He was focused on having a successful business trip Sunday, and he did.
Gould had two footballs to pack for his trip back to the Bay Area: a ceremonial game ball from coach Kyle Shanahan, and a ball Gould wasn’t 100 percent sure was the one he kicked for the game-winning points.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports