The 8 best NY Giants to only play one year with the team
Robbie Gould, 2016
Robbie Gould was undrafted out of Penn State, but he eventually caught on with the Chicago Bears. He would go on to spend a decade in the Windy City – becoming one of the league’s best and being named to the 100 greatest Bears of All-Time list they released for their centennial anniversary.
When Gould was unceremoniously released by the Bears in 2016, many believed it could be the end of one of the league’s most well-known kickers. Then, when the Giants’ released Josh Brown in wake of his domestic abuse investigation, they gave Gould a call.
At the time, the team was 3-3 in the midst of Ben McAdoo’s first year as head coach. After signing Gould, the Giants would go on to win eight of their next ten games, including a five game win streak right off the bat – finishing the season 11-5.
Gould was perfect for the Giants – going 10 for 10 on field goal opportunities. He was also reliable with points after attempts – hitting 20 of 23.
Every field goal was critical – as the Giants’ offense floundered while the team won seven one-score games. Without Gould’s consistency, the team’s record could’ve looked much different.
After filling in admirably for the Giants, the kicker would move on to sign a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers – where he still kicks today. Gould helped the Giants to the playoffs in 2016, and revived his career in the process.