Dawson reaches career milestone

Posted Dec 9, 2012

Kicker Phil Dawson converted his 300th career field goal in Sunday’s 30-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Cleveland Browns veteran Phil Dawson joined an exclusive club when he became the NFL’s 25th kicker to reach the 300-field goal plateau with a 23-yarder at the 3:53 mark of the first quarter in the team’s 30-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Of those 25 kickers to reach 300 field goals made, Dawson’s percentage of 84.123 ranks first all-time, a fact that he is the “most proud of.”

“I worked a long time to have a chance to get there and to be right on the doorstep is sometimes worse than being 50 away,” Dawson said. “I’m extremely grateful for all of the teammates I’ve had that have helped me get to it. Kansas City was coming extremely hard on the field-goal rush, and after every field goal, I’m picking up three and four of my guys who were flat on their backs. Those guys never get credit for made field goals, but with 300 made or whatever it is now, there’s been countless guys that have given me the opportunity and I’m just really grateful for those guys.”

Dawson went three for three on the day and has now kicked 302 field goals in his career with the Browns. Although he has kicked in a playoff game, a blizzard, on different kinds of surfaces in the NFL and made three 50-yard field goals in a single game earlier this year in Baltimore, Dawson admitted he was nervous prior to Sunday’s game.

“If you’d have seen me kicking in pregame, you could probably pick up on it,” Dawson said. “Fortunately, I was able to kind of settle down a little bit. Having that first field goal be a short one I think helped me get a little comfortable. As the game went, situations just kept coming. You really start to feel like part of the game when you’re out there a lot. That was fortunate for me today.”

Before the game, coach Pat Shurmur offered words of encouragement to the veteran kicker.

“He said, ‘Gosh, every time I’ve had one of these games, it hasn’t worked out,’” Shurmur recalled. “I said, ‘Just don’t worry about it. It’s going to be OK.’ This was a landmark day for Phil Dawson.”

Dawson kicked field goals of 23, 24 and 34 yards against the Chiefs. In doing so, he reached the 100-point plateau for the sixth time in his career. Already the team’s record-holder for the most 100-point seasons, Dawson reached the mark for the first time since 2008.

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