Bears PK Robbie Gould added a new title to his résumé earlier this month, when his teammates voted unanimously to make him their NFLPA player rep on the same day they voted to decertify as a union in case of a lockout next year. He takes on the job after serving as the alternate rep for a year. PFW caught up with Gould earlier this week and discussed whether the job is more demanding now, given the uncertain labor situation ahead. He also revealed his plans for Halloween, when the Bears will be on a bye.
PFW: Did you know before the voting took place that you were going to be the unanimous choice for player rep?
Gould: Guys talk a lot. A lot goes into it. Obviously, you want a guy who's going to be here a while, potentially. (Alternate reps) Rashied (Davis) and Hunter (Hillenmeyer) both have one year left on their deal, so I think the biggest part about it is finding a guy that's going to be here for a while and, let's be honest, kickers have a lot of time on their hands.
PFW: Is it a more demanding job now?
Gould: It's definitely more demanding given the CBA issues. There might not have been as much work to do in the past as there is now. There's always something the player rep has to do because players are getting cut all the time. Injuries happen all the time. You have to make sure everyone's getting their worker's comp cases filed, their grievance cases, whatever it may be.
PFW: With Halloween falling on a bye week, will you be celebrating the holiday?
Gould: I'm going trick-or-treating. I don't know what (I'm going to go as) yet. Maybe Patrick Mannelly or Brad Maynard, Roberto Garza, one of those guys.