Longtime Bears, 49ers kicker Robbie Gould takes Illinois high school coaching job

Robbie Gould is returning to the sidelines just months after announcing his retirement from the NFL.

The former kicker who spent 18 years between three professional teams was named head coach of the Rolling Meadows High School (Ill.) football team, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Gould met with the team on Friday, the outlet reported.

Gould returns to the Chicago-area football scene, where he spent more than half of his illustrious career in the NFL. Over 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears, he scored 1,207 points, the most of any player in franchise history. He was cut from the team on the final day of preseason in 2016, and after spending the first six weeks of the season without a team, signed with the New York Giants for the remainder of the year. That offseason, Gould signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he would play for the next six years.

Gould officially announced his retirement from the NFL in December after not signing with a team in the 2023 season.

Rolling Meadows went 2-7 last year, missing the playoffs for the second season in a row. The Mustangs in 2019 went 12-1 and reached the state semifinals but have struggled since, posting a record of 13-21 over the last four seasons.

Story originally appeared on High School Sports