By Jack M Silverstein
3:38 PM CDT, August 29, 2012
Robbie Gould is the NFL's fifth most accurate kicker of all time, an avid tweeter and host of the Chicago Bears Network's "The Final Horn." RedEye chatted with him about Twitter and his newfound enjoyment as a member of the media.
I want to talk about Twitter. Start me off—why did you get on?
Well, I think it's a great opportunity to get involved with your fans and have a direct connection with them in an immediate fashion. I got Twitter to answer questions that fans may have and to just interact with fans as best as you possibly can.
I saw your teammates were getting on you for not spell checking.
Yeah. I'm a lazy twitterer. There's no doubt about it. But I'd rather tweet one tweet than 12 tweets.
You've been doing the "Final Horn" thing, which I've really liked.
[Laughs.] Thanks. I really enjoy doing the media stuff. Obviously I'm getting involved with co-hosting my own AM radio show with Jeff Dickerson on ESPN 1000. I do an FM show in the mornings after games. It's something I enjoy doing, and maybe I'll be able to do it post-career.
So what do Bears fans have to look forward to if they follow @robbiegould09 in 2012?
There'll be a lot of "Final Horn." There will be a lot of teasing of teammates. But there will also be a lot of opportunities to get out and meet me at different appearances or different events, or get involved with different products that I enjoy, from Honest Iced Tea to the favorite ice cream that I have.
And that is?
Strawberry sorbet, Haagen-Dazs.
RedEye wanted a perspective on Gould the tweeter from one of his followers, so we talked to punter Adam Podlesh (@adampodlesh08).
Jack: What do you like about Robbie Gould on Twitter?
Adam Podlesh: That he misspells everything. He will consistently misspell or have grammatically incorrect tweets.
Jack: Doesn't he know that kids are watching?
Adam: I know! We've got these little kids trying to learn. I never got on Robbie for it at first. But then after you see like 10 tweets in a row like that, and I started getting other people, like Josh Scobee—he's a kicker in Jacksonville—and he texted me and goes, "What's the deal with Robbie's tweets? Why is he misspelling everything?"
I think a lot of times it's just not proofreading. It just auto-corrects to a different word and he doesn't go back and check it. The most recent one, he was talking about referees, and instead of saying "are" it was "ate," a-t-e, and it completely changed the tweet. That finally tipped the scales.
Jack: But he's more careful on the field, right? I mean, this doesn't manifest itself in some way on the field?
Adam: Absolutely not. He's as good as it comes on the field. But apparently he exhausts all that attention to detail on the field and [laughs] doesn't think about it when the Twitter world comes in.
Jack: Anything else to say about Robbie Gould?
Adam: Not really. Other than that he’s a good guy, and he’s arguably the best kicker in the league. So forgive him for [misspellings], and know that he’s going to put points on the board for the Bears.
Jack M Silverstein is a special RedEye contributor. Say hey @readjack.
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