NFL kickers usually don't talk much, let alone compare themselves to arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.
But most kickers don't have the credentials that Robbie Gould has.
The 11-year Bears kicker, who already broke the franchise record earlier this season for most career field goals, added another astonishing accomplishment to his resumé.
Gould drilled a game-winning 49-yard field goal to propel the Bears to a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The kick gave Gould 12-career game-winning field goals since he joined the team back in 2005.
If the game-winner seemed like déjà-vu to Bears fans, Gould had that same feeling.
Earlier in Sunday's game, Gould connected on a 54-yard field goal from the same spot on the field, albeit just a few yards further, and he also made an identical kick from the same spot in overtime of a 2006 NFC Divisional playoff win against the Seattle Seahawks.
"I love that end zone, because that's the wind I'm used to," Gould said. "I think I've hit all my game-winners at that end. The last one I remember at that distance was the Seahawks. You kind of bring yourself back to certain kicks. I knew if I hit it to the right upright and everyone else did their job — which they did all game — we were going to have a chance to win it. Just trust your lines. It's the same old end zone down there for me. It's just something I'm comfortable with."
Following the win, Gould paid homage to greatest sporting legend the city of Chicago has ever seen.
"Listen, Michael Jordan never said he didn't want the ball at the end of the game," Gould said. "Let's be honest. When he passed he probably didn't even like passing so when you get in situations like that, that's your opportunity as a kicker to earn that respect in the locker room. Earn the respect of your teammates. You have to make those plays. Big players make big plays in big situations."
While Gould wants to compare himself to Jordan, Bears tight end Martellus Bennett sees similarities between Gould and a different 90s era Bulls guard.
"He needs to be more like Steve Kerr," Bennett said. "He needs to make more Steve Kerr references and less Michael Jordan references. Robbie is the Steve Kerr. Somebody else is the MJ. But it's like that moment, you want to take the last shot because that's who Mike was and what this city is used to seeing. I think there are several of guys who wanted the ball in that situation and Robbie got his chance to be Jordan.
"You know sometimes Mike gets double-teamed and he has to spot up. Mike drove to the lane and crossed somebody over and then they double-teamed him. So he sees Kerr out of his peripheral so he pitched it back to Gould in that situation. Hit the three and we won. But we didn't put the ball right in his hands to begin with. No iso for Steve Kerr."