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Former Browns Placekicker Phil Dawson Reflects on Legacy and Browns Future

HARTVILLE, OH - In a discussion that took place at the Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market, former Cleveland Browns placekicker Phil Dawson shared insights into his career, his thoughts on the future of his beloved team, and his humble perspective on the Hall of Fame. Dawson, who made his mark on the Browns from 1999 to 2012, surpassing Lou Groza in 2010 to become the franchise's second-most successful field goal kicker, remains a beloved figure in Northeast Ohio.

Dawson, who also had stints with the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals before retiring as a Brown in 2019, candidly expressed his mixed feelings about the possibility of Hall of Fame induction. "I'd be lying if I said I don't think about it, I'm trying to keep my expectations low," he stated, embodying the humility that has endeared him to fans throughout his career.

The former NFL star didn't miss the opportunity to highlight the contributions of his peers, notably Josh Cribbs, a renowned special teams wide receiver and punt returner for the Browns, whom Dawson believes also merits Hall of Fame recognition. Such acknowledgments underscore Dawson's appreciation for the collective efforts that contribute to the sport's success.

Addressing the current state of the Browns, Dawson expressed confidence in the team's kicking situation and the decision by Andrew Berry to bring in Dustin Hopkins. His optimism extends beyond individual positions, praising Head Coach Kevin Stefanski's leadership and expressing belief in the team's potential to reach the Super Bowl.

Dawson also shared his thoughts on the broader NFL landscape, including Joe Flacco's award as Comeback Player of the Year. Having competed against Flacco, Dawson described the experience of watching him join the Browns as "very weird," highlighting the ever-evolving nature of professional football.


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