Few as good as Gould, who could set league FG mark soon

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- There are few things Robbie Gould finds more distasteful than a bad kick, whether it's in a game or in practice. Good thing for him, he's rarely off target.

Now, he has a chance to make history.

When the Chicago Bears play Tampa Bay in London on Sunday, Gould can become the league's all-time leader in field-goal percentage and tie the late Walter Payton for second place on the team's all-time points list.

Which means more? That's no contest.

When you play for the Bears, certain milestones have just a little more, um, sweetness.

"The field-goal percentage is great," Gould said. "Really, the record I care about right now is (catching) Walter Payton for points. Any time you can get in that same realm and be mentioned in the same sentence as Walter Payton, especially in this organization, you're doing something really right or you've been here for a long time."

With 739 points, he trails Payton by 11. Kevin Butler holds the club record with 1,116 points.

Still, the accuracy mark is there for the taking. Third in field-goal percentage at 86.4 percent behind Mike Vanderjagt and San Diego's Nate Kaeding, he can move to the top of the NFL's all-time list simply by making his next two attempts.

Gould has made all 13 attempts this season. He set the Bears record by making his first 24 during the 2006 Super Bowl season. He's also hit all but one of 224 extra points in his career.

"I'm going to play as long as they'll allow me to play," Gould said. "Do I think I have 20 years in me? Sure, why not?

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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