Opportunity Kicking for Gould

Although Penn State failed to have a player drafted for the first time in 54 years, several Lions are being presented with opportunities to make their mark at the next level of play in the NFL.

With Andrew Guman off to Detroit, Derek Wake headed to the Giants and Robbie Gould off to the Patriots, these Nittany Lion seniors are preparing to make their mark.

We caught up with Robbie Gould to get his thoughts on geting an opportunity to head north to the NFL champion New England Patriots.

As Gould explained, "I had to make a decision between the Patriots, [Detroit] Lions and [Pittsburgh] Steelers. I have been a lifelong Patriots fan, so having the change to play for them was a dream come true for me."

We asked him how exactly a Central Pennsylvanian escaped rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or Pittsburgh Steelers and instead became a lifelong Patriots fan. As he explained, "They have just always been my favorite team. I choose to root for them early on and just stuck with them. I guess it paid off."

He made his decision at a small get together of family and friends in State College on Sunday.

Many may think that Gould is a long shot to make the Patriots given that they boast one of the best kickers in the history of the league in All-Pro Adam Vinatieri, but that is not how he sees it. "I see it as an incredible opportunity to learn from and compete with the best of the best. Having the opportunity to work with Adam [Vinatieri] will be amazing and will make me hands down a better kicker," Gould explained.

As he heads up to mini-camp in New England this Thursday, Gould laid out his goals for us, saying, "I am out to show everyone I belong there and that I can compete with the best of the best."

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