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Jackson, Dawson recognized by local PFWA

Posted Dec 27, 2012

D’Qwell Jackson and Phil Dawson were recognized with yearly awards from the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.

One day after being recognized with his first invitation to the Pro Bowl, Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson was named the Player of the Year by the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

This season, Dawson converted 28 of his 29 field goal attempts and all 28 extra-point tries. He is the leading scorer on the team with 112 points, leads the AFC with a 96.6 field goal percentage and is tied for the conference lead with six field goals of at least 50 yards.

“That’s humbling,” Dawson said. “I was very excited when I got here this season. I changed up some stuff this past offseason and I felt like things were lined up where I at least gave myself a chance to have a good season.”

Dawson has set a career high with 29 touchbacks this year, eclipsing his previous best of 12 during the 2008 season. On the team’s road trip to Oakland, Dawson extended a career-long streak to 29 consecutive field goals made. He also became the 25th kicker in NFL history to join the 300-field goal club. His 84.2 field goal percentage is the best among all kickers with 300 field goals made.

“I was eager to see how the training and all of the stuff I had done, the kicking lessons I received, I was eager to see how that would show up on the field,” Dawson said. “After about a week of training camp, I remember going to my coach and saying, ‘This might be a pretty good year.’ Things started going. I had great teammates around me. Momentum can be a great and horrible thing and when you’ve got it on your side, it just kind of keeps going. It’s one of those great experiences.”

D’Qwell Jackson, the Browns’ middle linebacker and defensive captain, was named the Dino Lucarelli “Good Guy Award” winner for his cooperation with the Cleveland media.

“It means a lot,” Jackson said. “I want to give you guys as much information as I can, as much information as I’m allowed to. I understand you have a job to do. We all do. We’re all working toward a common goal here, and it’s great to be acknowledged as a good guy.”

Browns coach Pat Shurmur called the award “an appropriate” one for Jackson.

“He is a good guy,” Shurmur said. “He’s one of those guys that, as a coach, you trust him walking around the locker room. He’s going to say it his way, but he’s going to sell our message. He’s taken charge of that locker room, much like Phil Dawson and Joe Thomas. Those are the guys that help sell it when we’re doing our other things. I have a huge appreciation for what he is as a player and as a man.”