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Phil Dawson
K #4
Height:
5-11
Weight:
200
Age:
42
College:
Texas
Hometown:
West Palm Beach, FL
Experience:
18

Quick Stats (2017):

FGA
25
FGM
18
PCT
72
LNG
57
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesOverall FGsOverall FgsPATKickoffs
GGSBlkLngFG AttFGMPctXP AttXPMPctBlkKOAvgTBRetAvg
TOTAL 12 57 503 422 83.9 511 499 97.7 7 1,153 61.3 206 895 20.7
2017 ARI 12 0 2 57 25 18 72 21 19 90.5 2 54 61.2 27 25 19.5
2016 SF 16 0 0 53 21 18 85.7 34 33 97.1 0 41 56.8 4 35 19.6
2015 SF 16 0 2 54 27 24 88.9 21 20 95.2 1 6 44.7 0 4 28.8
2014 SF 16 0 1 55 31 25 80.6 33 33 100 0 73 64.7 32 40 22.7
2013 SF 16 0 0 56 36 32 88.9 44 44 100 0 91 66.1 38 53 20.4
2012 CLE 16 0 1 53 31 29 93.5 29 29 100 0 77 63.8 30 43 19.8
2011 CLE 16 0 2 54 29 24 82.8 20 20 100 0 59 63.2 10 46 22.9
2010 CLE 16 0 0 48 28 23 82.1 28 28 100 0 67 60.6 7 54 17.8
2009 CLE 11 0 0 49 19 17 89.5 19 18 94.7 1 49 60 4 41 18.1
2008 CLE 16 0 0 56 36 30 83.3 18 18 100 0 66 64.4 12 53 23.2
2007 CLE 16 0 2 51 30 26 86.7 43 42 97.7 0 85 61.4 5 76 20.9
2006 CLE 16 0 1 51 29 21 72.4 25 25 100 0 61 63.7 11 48 21.9
2005 CLE 16 0 0 44 29 27 93.1 21 19 90.5 1 61 59.9 3 56 21.1
2004 CLE 16 0 0 50 29 24 82.8 28 28 100 0 69 60.5 5 59 22.6
2003 CLE 13 0 0 52 21 18 85.7 21 20 95.2 1 54 60.3 1 51 20.4
2002 CLE 16 0 1 52 28 22 78.6 35 34 97.1 0 77 59.7 7 67 20.4
2001 CLE 16 0 0 48 25 22 88 30 29 96.7 0 71 57.3 2 65 18.7
2000 CLE 16 0 0 45 17 14 82.4 17 17 100 0 49 60.5 6 42 24.1
1999 CLE 15 0 0 49 12 8 66.7 24 23 95.8 1 43 53.7 2 37 17.3
Recent Games
WKOppResultOverall FGsPATKickoffs
BlkLngFG AttFGMPctXP AttXPMPctBlkKOAvgTBRetAvg
1 @DET L 23-35 0 24 2 1 50 2 2 100 0 5 56 1 3 --
2 @IND W 16-13 0 40 4 3 75 1 1 100 0 5 66.8 2 3 --
3 DAL L 17-28 0 37 2 1 50 2 2 100 0 4 62.5 3 1 --
4 SF W 18-15 0 50 4 4 100 0 0 -- 0 6 66.3 3 3 --
5 @PHI L 7-34 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 100 0 2 65 2 0 --
6 TB W 38-33 0 28 1 1 100 5 5 100 0 7 65 7 0 --
7 @LA L 0-33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -- 0 1 62 0 1 --
9 @SF W 20-10 0 32 3 2 66.7 2 2 100 0 5 59.8 1 4 --
10 SEA L 16-22 0 43 1 1 100 2 1 50 1 4 56 1 2 --
11 @HOU L 21-31 0 0 0 0 -- 3 3 100 0 4 61.5 2 2 --
12 JAX W 27-24 0 57 4 4 100 1 1 100 0 7 58.7 5 2 --
13 LA L 16-32 1 54 2 1 50 2 1 50 1 4 53.5 0 4 --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Entering his 19th year in the NFL, Dawson signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/10/17 after spending 14 years with Cleveland (1999-2012) and the last four seasons with San Francisco (2013-16).
  • Has played in 279 career games, making 404-of-478 FGAs (84.5 percent) and 480-of-490 PATs (98.0 percent) for a total of 1,698 points.
  • Topped 100 points in a season eight times in his career, setting a career high with 140 points in 2013 with San Francisco. Is the only player in Browns franchise history with six 100-point seasons.
  • Currently ranks 10th all-time in FGs made in NFL history and third among active players (Adam Vinatieri, 530; Sebastian Janikowski, 414). Also trails only Vinatieri (2,378) and Janikowski (1,799) for most points scored among all active players, and ranks 15th overall in NFL history.
  • FG percentage of 84.5% ranks first in league history among kickers with 400 or more made FGs. Ranks as the Browns franchise leader in FG percentage at 84.0% (305-of-363).
  • Has made 38 career FGs of 50+ yards, which ranks sixth in NFL history. Made 14 FGs from 50+ in four years with San Francisco, the most in 49ers franchise history.
  • Set Cleveland’s all-time franchise record with 305 made FGs and ranks second in Browns history with 1,265 points (Lou Groza, 1,349). Also holds Browns single-season franchise record for made FGs with 30 in 2008.
  • Holds both Browns and 49ers franchise records for consecutive FGs made – 29 straight with Browns (Week 13, 2011-Week 13, 2012) and 27 straight with 49ers (Week 5-17, 2013).

NoteCARDS:

  • Entering his 19th year in the NFL, Dawson signed a two-year contract with the Cardinals on 3/10/17 after spending 14 years with Cleveland (1999-2012) and the last four seasons with San Francisco (2013-16).
  • Has played in 279 career games, making 404-of-478 FGAs (84.5 percent) and 480-of-490 PATs (98.0 percent) for a total of 1,698 points.
  • Topped 100 points in a season eight times in his career, setting a career high with 140 points in 2013 with San Francisco. Is the only player in Browns franchise history with six 100-point seasons.
  • Currently ranks 10th all-time in FGs made in NFL history and third among active players (Adam Vinatieri, 530; Sebastian Janikowski, 414). Also trails only Vinatieri (2,378) and Janikowski (1,799) for most points scored among all active players, and ranks 15th overall in NFL history.
  • FG percentage of 84.5% ranks first in league history among kickers with 400 or more made FGs. Ranks as the Browns franchise leader in FG percentage at 84.0% (305-of-363).
  • Has made 38 career FGs of 50+ yards, which ranks sixth in NFL history. Made 14 FGs from 50+ in four years with San Francisco, the most in 49ers franchise history.
  • Set Cleveland’s all-time franchise record with 305 made FGs and ranks second in Browns history with 1,265 points (Lou Groza, 1,349). Also holds Browns single-season franchise record for made FGs with 30 in 2008.
  • Holds both Browns and 49ers franchise records for consecutive FGs made – 29 straight with Browns (Week 13, 2011-Week 13, 2012) and 27 straight with 49ers (Week 5-17, 2013).
  • Converted 99-of-115 field goals (86.1%) over the last four seasons with the 49ers, including 18-of-21 field goal attempts (85.7%) in 2016.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Dawson joins Olindo Mare (Mia/Sea) and Neil Rackers (Ari/Hou) as the only kickers who currently hold the record for most consecutive made FGs for two different franchises.
  • Currently the second oldest player in the NFL (Vinatieri-12/28/72).
  • Selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has won four career Special Teams Player of the Week awards – following Week 3, 2001 and Week 15, 2005 with Browns; following Week 14, 2013 and Week 5, 2014 with 49ers.
  • His 51-yard game-tying FG at Baltimore on 11/18/07 led to the creation of the “Phil Dawson Rule.” On the final play of regulation, Dawson’s kick bounced off the left upright and then the rear stanchion behind the crossbar. The attempt was originally ruled no good, but the officials reversed the call following discussion even though the play was not technically reviewable. The rule changed the next year to allow kicks that hit the uprights or crossbar to be reviewable and was dubbed the “Phil Dawson Rule.”

Pro Career:

Originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent on 4/24/98. Released on 8/18/98 and claimed off waivers by New England Patriots on 8/21/98. Released on 8/30/98 and added to Patriots practice squad on 8/31/98, where he remained the entire season. Signed with Cleveland Browns on 3/26/99. Re-signed on 3/30/01 and 4/26/02. Signed a five-year contract with Cleveland as a restricted free agent on 7/15/05. Designated Browns franchise player in 2011 and 2012, signing one-year contracts on 7/30/11 and 3/19/12. Signed with San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent on 3/19/13. Re-signed with 49ers to two-year contract on 3/11/14 and then a one-year contract on 3/14/16. Signed a two-year contract with Cardinals an unrestricted free agent on 3/10/17.

2016: Converted 18-of-21 FGAs and 33-of-34 PATs in his final season with the 49ers … served as the 49ers only season-long team captain, marking the seventh time in his career he was a captain (2007-10, 2012, 2015-16) … made all three FGAs @ Buf (10/16) … hit all three FGAs, all from 45+ yards, and both PATs vs. NO (11/6) … successful on both FGAs and two PATs @ Ari (11/13), moving him past Roger Craig (396 points) for 10th on the 49ers all-time scoring list; hit a season-long 53-yard FG in the third quarter for his 14th FG of 50 or more yards with San Francisco, extending his own franchise record … with 33-yard FG in the first quarter vs. NE (11/20), became the 10th kicker in NFL history with 400 career made FGs; also became the 10th player in 49ers history to score 400 or more points.

2015: Successful on 24-of-27 FGAs and 20-of-21 PATs during the first season of NFL’s 33-yard PAT rule … named 49ers Bill Walsh Award winner, an award voted on by coaches and given to the team’s MVP to honor outstanding individual performance … after having his first FGA of the season blocked, made 19 straight from Weeks 1-14 to record the second-longest streak in franchise history (trailing only his 27 straight in 2013) … made 53-yard FG vs. Bal (10/18), giving him the most FGs of 50+ yards in franchise history with 11; hit all four FGAs in the game … tied season high with four FGs in season finale vs. StL (1/3/16), including a 23-yard game-winner in OT; with 13 points scored, became the 16th player in NFL history to reach 1,600 career points.

2014: Made 25-of-31 FGAs and all 33 PATs ... scored 108 points, his eighth career and third consecutive 100-point season … hit all four FGAs in 26-21 victory @ Phi (9/28) … converted all five FGAs, including a season-long 55-yarder and a 52-yarder vs. KC (10/5); marked his fifth career game with five or more made FGs and the fourth time he made multiple FGs from 50+ in the same game; named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, his fourth career Player of the Week award … connected on both FGAs and all three PATs @ NO (11/9); hit 35-yard game-winner in OT … made all three FGAs in 16-10 win @ NYG (11/16).

2013: In his first season with the 49ers, set career highs with 140 points, 32 made FGs on 36 attempts and 44 PATs … tied for sixth in the NFL with 140 points, reaching the 100-point milestone for the seventh time … his 32 FGs and 140 points both ranked second in 49ers franchise history … set franchise record with 27 consecutive made FGs from Weeks 5-17 … won his third career Player of the Week honor when he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after making all four FGAs and one PAT vs. Sea (12/8); made 22-yard FG with 26 seconds left to give the 49ers a 19-17 victory … tied season high with four FGs @ TB (12/15) … made two FGs both with under two minutes remaining in regular season finale @ Ari (12/29), connecting from 56 yards with 1:45 left to give San Francisco a 20-17 lead, and after the Cardinals tied the score at 20, made a 40-yarder as time expired to secure a 23-20 win … hit all three FGAs in Wild Card game @ GB (1/5/14), including a 33-yard game-winner as time expired … successful on all three FGAs in Divisional Playoff @ Car (1/12/14); made 49-yard FG on opening drive to set new 49ers postseason record for longest FG … made only FGA and both PATs in NFC Championship Game @ Sea (1/19/14).

2012: Earned first career Pro Bowl selection after making 29-of-31 FGs and all 29 PATs for a total of 116 points, his sixth career 100-point season … tied career high set the previous season with seven FGs of 50+ yards … led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL with seven 50+-yard FGs and a 93.5 FG percentage … became the first Browns kicker ever selected to the Pro Bowl (Lou Groza was selected as a tackle) … made 23 straight FGAs to open the season and set new career high and Browns franchise record with 29 consecutive made FGs from Week 13 of 2011 season through Week 13 of 2012 …made all three FGAs, all from 50+ yards, @ Bal (9/27); marked first time in his career he made three FGs of 50 or more yards in a game and became just the seventh kicker in NFL history to accomplish the feat … posted season-high five FGs vs. Bal (11/4), accounting for all 15 of Cleveland’s points in the game; marked his fourth career game with five or more FGs made … reached 29 straight made FGs @ Oak (12/2) before having his third FGA of the game blocked … made season-long 53-yard FG @ Den (12/23).

2011: Successful on 24-of-29 FGAs and all 20 PATs … hit a career-high seven FGs of 50+ yards, tying David Akers and Sebastian Janikowski for the most in the NFL that season … led the Browns to a 6-3 win vs. Sea (10/23) when he made FGs of 52 and 53 yards to account for all of the team’s points; marked first time in his career he made two FGs of 50+ yards in the same game … had season-high four FGs vs. StL (11/13) … made all three FGAs in season finale vs. Pit (1/1/12).

2010: Converted 23-of-28 FGAs and all 28 PATs to lead the team with 97 points … set Browns all-time record for made FGs with his 235th career FG, a 39-yarder @ Pit (10/17), breaking record previously held by Lou Groza (234) … made all three FGAs and all three PATs @ NO (10/24), becoming the third Browns player in team history to surpass 1,000 career points … hit fourth-quarter game-winning FGs in back-to-back contests: a 41-yard FG with 2:42 left vs. Car (11/28) to give the Browns a 24-23 victory and then a 23-yarder as time expired in regulation for a 13-10 win @ Mia (12/5).

2009: Made 17-of-19 FGAs in 11 games … converted all four FGAs in first two games before missing Games 3-7 due to a right calf injury … hit 44-yard FG @ Det (11/22) on game-opening drive for the 217th FG of his career, moving past Don Cockroft for the second-most FGs in Browns history; also had 10-yard pass completion to WR Mike Furrey on a fake FG, marking first pass attempt of his career … made three FGs each in final two games of the season: vs. Oak (12/27) and vs. Jax (1/3/10).

2008: Posted a Browns single-season franchise-record 30 made FGs on 36 attempts and made all 18 PATs to total 108 points, his fifth career 100-point season … became first player in team history to convert a FG of 50+ yards in three straight games, making a 54-yard FG vs. Bal (11/2), 52-yarder vs. Den (11/6) and a career-long 56-yarder @ Buf (11/17) … 56-yard FG against the Bills came with 1:39 remaining and gave the Browns a 29-27 victory; marked his 10th career game-winning FG; made all five FGAs and both PATs in the game for a season-high 17 points … made a 27-yard FG @ Phi (12/15) for his 30th FG of the season to break Matt Stover’s single-season Browns record.

2007: After being voted a special teams captain for the first time, set a then career high with 120 points, which tied for second in team history … became the first player in franchise history with four seasons of 100+ points … made 26-of-30 FGs and a then career-best 42 PATs … successful on all three FGAs and a career-high six PATs vs. Cin (9/16) … hit two OT game-winners in a span of three weeks: a 25-yarder vs. Sea (11/4) and a 33-yarder @ Bal (11/18) ; had a season-high four FGs against Ravens, including game-tying 51-yarder to force OT as time expired and then the OT winner … moved into third place in franchise history in scoring with nine points vs. Hou (11/25), giving him 760 career points and surpassing Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown (756).

2006: Made 21-of-29 FGs and all 25 PATs … connected on all four FGAs @ Car (10/8) … set a career high and a Browns single-game franchise record with six FGs @ SD (11/5) … hit game-winning 33-yard FG in OT vs. KC (12/3) to give Cleveland a 31-28 victory, his second career OT game-winner … made season-long 51-yard FG @ Bal (12/17).

2005: Totaled 100 points for the second straight season and third time in four years after making a then career-high 27 FGs on 29 attempts … began the year making 15 consecutive FGAs over first eight games of the season … surpassed 500 career points with a 22-yard FG @ Ind (9/25) … played in his 100th career game vs. Ten (11/6) … earned second career AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor after making all three FGAs, including a 37-yard game-winner as time expired @ Oak (12/18); accounted for all nine points scored by the Browns in a 9-7 victory.

2004: Reached 100 points for the second time after making 24-of-29 FGAs and all 28 PATs … scored all of the Browns points by making all four FGAs @ Dal (9/19) … hit all three FGAs @ Pit (10/10) … with 31-yard FG vs. Pit (11/14), extended consecutive FGs made streak to 27 dating back to Week 7 of the 2003 season, which established a new Browns franchise record … converted all five FGAs in season finale @ Hou (1/2/05), marking his first career game with five or made FGs.

2003: Made 18-of-21 FGs in 13 games before suffering an arm injury and being placed on injured reserve … hit season-long 52-yard FG and had a 14-yard run on a fake FG that led to a TD on the next play vs. Oak (10/12) … successful on all three FGs and all five PATs vs. Ari (11/16) … suffered broken left arm vs. StL (12/8) and was placed on injured reserve on 12/9.

2002: Posted his first 100-point season after making 22-of-28 FGAs and 34-of-35 PATs … successful on all four FGAs in season opener vs. KC (9/8) … made his first career 50+-yard FG when he converted a 52-yarder in the first quarter vs. Cin (9/15) … notched his first career OT game-winner with a 33-yarder that lifted Cleveland to a 31-28 victory @ Ten (9/22); also was successful on an onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter that helped Browns force OT … recovered his own onside kick vs. Bal (10/6) … made a 35-yard game-winner @ NYJ (10/27) to complete Browns comeback from down 21-3 to win 24-21 … in his postseason debut, successful on both FGAs and all three PATs in Wild Card game @ Pit (1/5/03).

2001: Ranked second in the NFL in FG accuracy at 88.0% (22-of-25) … finished the season making 15 consecutive FGs, which was the longest active streak in the NFL at the conclusion of the regular season … made all three FGs and both PATs for a total of 11 points @ Jax (9/30); named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career … hit all four FGAs vs. Cin (11/25) … connected on a 44-yard FG with 55 seconds left to give Browns a 41-38 victory @ Ten (12/30).

2000: Made 14-of-17 FGAs and all 17 PATs, including going a perfect 12-of-12 from inside 40 yards … hit a 19-yard game-winning FG with less than three minutes to play vs. Pit (9/17); made all three FGAs in the game … converted a season-best four FGs to help Browns to a 19-11 victory vs. NE (11/12).

1999: After winning the kicking job in training camp, was 8-of-12 on FGAs in his first NFL season … made his NFL debut @ Ten (9/19) and hit his first career FG from 41 yards in the second quarter … converted a season-best 49-yard FG @ Bal (9/26) … scored a TD on a fake FG vs. Cin (10/10) running four yards for the score; marked the first rushing TD in Cleveland Browns Stadium history … made his first career game-winning FG with a 39-yarder as time expired @ Pit (11/14).

College:

A four-year letterman who made 59-of-79 FGAs and 162-of-170 PATs for a total of 339 points … was a team captain and earned First-Team All-American and All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 1997 after making 13-of-16 FGAs and 26 PATs … also received First-Team All-American recognition as a junior when he scored a career-high 108 points (19 FGs, 51 PATs) in 12 games … part of Texas team that won the first Big 12 Championship Game in 1996 … named to the All-Academic Big 12 teams in each of his last two seasons.

Personal:

Attended Lake Highlands (Dallas, TX) where he was a kicker and started at tackle … born in West Palm, FL but grew up in Dallas … named the 2007 Dino Lucarelli “Good Guy” Award by the Cleveland PFWA chapter … was the Browns 2006 Ed Block Courage Award winner and also won the 2006 Doug Dieken Humanitarian Award for his charitable and community efforts, as recognized by the Cleveland Touchdown Club … while in Cleveland, founded the “Dawson’s 4 Adoption” season ticket program which provided tickets, apparel and food for the Adoption Network Cleveland organization … along with wife, Shannon, the couple has two sons, Dru and Beau, and one daughter, Sophiann … wife, Shannon, is a professional singer who sang at George W. Bush’s inauguration after he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994, has performed as a backup singer for Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and released a country/contemporary Christian mix album titled Redemption in September, 2013.

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