“Help yourself,” the handwritten sign on the cardboard box filled with candy proclaimed. “Happy Halloween!”
Robbie Gould certainly knows how to make new friends quickly. It was in his locker — the one filled with a uniform and equipment but still without a name plate on the wall above it — that the box of treats sat. When Gould was signed by the Giants just before the game against the Rams in London as a replacement for Josh Brown, it was unclear just how long he’d be hanging around. Now that Brown has been released, it seems like Gould is settling in for at least the rest of the season.
“This team has been unbelievable,” Gould said of the welcome he’s received. “They make me feel at home, make me feel like I’ve been a part of this team since the offseason.”
Gould spent the bye week getting himself oriented in New Jersey after spending 11 years playing for the Bears. That included finding a place to live where his wife and two young sons can come from time to time (they’ll remain based primarily in the Chicago area) and getting to know the geography of his new home. He also had to learn about his new teammates.
“Trying to put names to faces and the schools guys went to, their personalities,” he said. “These guys make it really, really easy. When you come in halfway through a season those are usually the hardest things to do.”
It’s nothing some trick-or-treat candies and a few field goals can’t overcome.