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Phil Dawson

Dawson (#4) kicks the ball during a game
No. 4     Cleveland Browns
Personal information
Date of birth: January 23, 1975 (1975-01-23) (age 35)
Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Texas
Undrafted in 1998
Debuted in 1999 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Field Goals Made     229
Field Goals Attempted     275
Field Goals %     83.3
Long Field Goal     56
Stats at
Stats at

Philip Drury Dawson (born January 23, 1975 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American football placekicker for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League.


High school years

Dawson attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas and was a letterman in football. As a senior, he was a starter at both kicker and offensive tackle until he hurt his knee in a preseason scrimmage. He thought he might have to have season ending surgery, but he gutted it out, stuck to kicking, and was named as an All-American and the Southwest Region Offensive Player of the Year by SuperPrep. Dawson graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 1993.

College career

Dawson attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a four-year letterman in football. After redshirting his freshman year, he scored 80 points his first year of playing. He also tied a school record with 54 consecutive extra points. The following season he made honorary All-America honors while leading the Longhorns in scoring. He made first-team All-America his junior and senior years, while simultaneously making All-Big 12. He was a B.A. in political science. Dawson is famous for his 1995 game-winning field goal against University of Virginia; booting a 50-yarder against a 30-MPH wind to give Texas a dramatic 17-16 victory as time expired.

Pro career

Dawson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Oakland Raiders, who then waived him. He was picked up by the New England Patriots and assigned to the practice squad, but never appeared in a game for them. The Browns signed him as a free agent in March 1999, and he has remained with the team ever since (and is the only player left from the 1999 squad). Dawson holds the team record for most consecutive field goals made (27), and most field goals in a game (6). Dawson is currently the 7th most accurate kicker in the NFL. Dawson scored the first points for the "new" Cleveland Browns in 1999. On October 10 of that year, he scored the only touchdown of his career on a fake field goal against the Bengals in a 18-17 loss. His career long was a 56-yard field goal on November 17, 2008, which would prove to be the game-winner against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Dawson kicks right-footed but throws left-handed.

Unusual field goal

On November 18, 2007, Dawson attempted a 51-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to tie the game against the Baltimore Ravens. The kick carried through the air and bounced off the left upright, back onto the rear curved post (stanchion), which bounced the football back out over the crossbar and into the end zone. The kick was originally ruled no good. Under NFL rules, the play was not reviewable.[1] Officials discussed the play among themselves for several minutes and decided that, since the ball had indeed crossed the crossbar within the goal, whatever happened afterward to the ball didn't matter. The kick was considered good, as announced by referee Pete Morelli. However, as the play is not technically reviewable, referee Pete Morelli announced that the play was reversed "after discussion," as opposed to "after further review," as is usually stated. At this point the Ravens, already celebrating in the locker room, were called back out onto the field to proceed to an overtime period. The Browns went on to win the game, 33-30 in overtime, as Dawson came through again with a more visible 33-yard field goal.

Later in the season, on December 16, Dawson kicked another field goal that hit the same support bar. This field goal helped the Browns achieve an 8-0 win over the Buffalo Bills in blizzard conditions. Hitting this same structure twice in the same season has led some members of the Cleveland press to begin referring to the support bar as "The Dawson Bar." [2]

Prior to the 2008 season, the rule was changed to allow field goal and extra point attempts that hit the uprights or crossbar to be reviewed. This new rule is dubbed the "Phil Dawson Rule."[3]


He resides in Westlake, Ohio with his wife, Shannon, and sons, Dru (4/13/01) and Beau (4/28/03), and daughter Sophiann (6/23/06) .


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