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What they’re saying about Phil Dawson

“I was fortunate enough to be named the MVP of two teams, and for a kicker, I consider that truly an honor. Being a team captain for three different organizations over the past 15 years, being that kid who just wanted to play football and not kick, that means a great deal.” — Former Browns kicker Phil Dawson, who retired Friday

“Kicking chose me as I got down the road in football. I never really wanted to do it, but once it became obvious that was my future, I chose to approach the game with the same intensity and passion as any other position player.” — Dawson

“He’s obviously one of the all-time great Browns. I loved his professionalism and the big-game mentality that he always had. There’s a reason we called him ‘Iron Leg’ — the guy could kick forever and never miss. He’s the best.” — Chris Tabor, Bears special teams coordinator and former Browns coordinator

“It is my belief that Phil Dawson is one of the greatest kickers this league has ever seen, and one of the best Cleveland Browns players in the history of the franchise. For him to become one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, while playing in some of the most adverse field and weather conditions is a testament to his skill, toughness and work ethic. This is a great man. He has enriched my life. I am blessed to call him ‘friend.’” — Jerry Rosburg, Ravens special teams coordinator/associate head coach and former Browns coordinator


“When you talk about a career that spans 20 years, there is so much intestinal fortitude that goes into that as far as just simply getting out of the bed every day.” — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens, who was with Dawson with the Cardinals in 2017

“Phil Dawson is the type of player every organization hopes to find, every coach hopes to work with and every parent hopes their children model themselves after. Each season he was the example of consistency as a player, teammate and person.” — Former Browns coach Eric Mangini

“Phil Dawson is synonymous with some of my favorite moments as a Cleveland Brown. From him hitting the stanchion on the goalpost in Baltimore to the Snow Bowl game in Cleveland where he made two field goals in 40 mile winds and blizzard conditions. He is a true class act and a great teammate, friend and family man.” — Former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas

“My nickname for Phil was ‘Old Faithful.’ We never had to look and worry about if he was going to make it. When it counted, he always came through. He literally won games for us and many times was the only opportunity for us to score. When our offense struggled, me and Phil had a pact. I would get us close enough and he would knock it down.” — Former Browns returner Joshua Cribbs

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


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