Phil Dawson has to be a freak of nature, or he’s simply extremely talented. In his first nine seasons in the league, he made seven field goals of 50 yards or longer. Last season alone he made seven that long. Last week in Green Bay he made two longer than 50 and another of 47 yards. Since 1999, the guy has been the ultimate professional, and if the Browns retired numbers his number “4” would belong right next to Lou Groza’s.
Wednesday, I had a nice sit-down with Dawson — a “conversation” as it were. That’s the right word. Converse together. Conversation. C-o-n-v-e-r-s-a-t-i-o-n. Conversation.
Some highlights from Dawson: “If it were just strength, Ahtyba Rubin would be our kicker.”
And: “I don’t know the exact number, but I’m not going to be a guy that keeps playing just to eke out years. I want to perform at a high level. I want to try to be the best there is in the league. And I want to be central to what my team is trying to accomplish. And if that’s not the case I’ll be gone.”
And: “I love the challenge of kicking in bad weather.”
Dawson talks about the nuances of kicking in Cleveland, a stadium that folks in the league know is among the more difficult in the country. He talks about how he stays in shape. And he talks about his career past and future.
Call me biased, but the conversation was interesting and enlightening.
And it may be read here.