Out of the NFL for the first time in 15 years, Olindo Mare patiently waited for the opportunity that finally came Tuesday when he was signed by the Bears to replace the injured Robbie Gould.
“It’s always hard when your routine for so long has been set for you and then you look forward to it and something happens and it’s broke up,” Mare said Wednesday. “But I have been busy.
“I kicked three days a week with a buddy of mine. Other than that, I was just being a dad of four and going to kids’ practices and games and stuff.”
Mare has converted 81.2 percent of his field-goal attempts (350 of 431) in 15 NFL seasons with the Dolphins (1997-2006), Saints (2007), Seahawks (2008-10) and Panthers (2011). Last year Mare made 22 of 28 field goal tries (78.6 percent) for Carolina.
Mare won a five-man kicking competition Tuesday to replace Gould, who strained his left calf muscle during pre-game warm-ups Sunday in Minnesota but still kicked two extra points. Gould was placed on injured reserve, making him ineligible to return this season, even in the playoffs.
“We just felt with the muscle injury that he had it would take him a while,” said coach Lovie Smith. “I just felt like we needed to get another kicker in here, which we were able to do with Olindo Mare. Robbie will start his rehab and before you know it he’ll be back out there with us, but he has an injury and we needed to go a different direction.”
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