‘It’s good to be home’: Former kicker Phil Dawson elated to retire as a Cleveland Brown

‘It’s good to be home’: Former kicker Phil Dawson elated to retire as a Cleveland Brown
In this Oct. 13, 2008 file photo, Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson celebrates a 35-14 win over the New York Giants in an NFL football game in Cleveland. Dawson is having another Pro Bowl-caliber season that probably won't end with a trip to Hawaii. It's not that Dawson doesn't deserve one or want to go. But kicking in Cleveland's wind tunnel has its drawbacks as does playing for a losing team, something the Browns have been for most of his 10 years in the NFL. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Source: Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Longtime Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson was all smiles in Berea on the final day of his career.

Dawson signed a contract to retire in Cleveland, a place he considers home.

The 21-year veteran played with the Browns from 1999 to 2013, and is still the longest tenured member of the organization.

Dawson appeared in 305 career regular season games during his 21 NFL seasons from 1998-2018.

By the numbers

  • He ranks seventh all-time in games played with 305
  • Field goals made (eighth with 441)
  • Points scored (11th with 1,847)
  • Field goal percentage (16th with 83.8)

Dawson was well respected by many and has been a team captain for 3 different organizations, including the Browns.

“This right here, is the highlight of my career,” he said smiling.

He spent the day at training camp watching the new look Browns go after it ahead of the Orange and Brown scrimmage on Saturday.

On whether he still has kicks left in him:

“I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.”

Dawson said he wanted to end his career on his terms, thought about it over the past year and decided to make the move after talking with family.

Don’t short-change the man, Dawson wants credit for practice kicks too.

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