Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Vote For Dawson

By Ryan Ruiz

November 6, 2012

In another dismal Cleveland Browns season, there is one bright shining star. Since entering the NFL in 1999, Phil Dawson has dominated. The 37 year old makes kick after kick with extreme ease.

In Dawson’s fourteen years in the league, he has never made a Pro Bowl. When a kicker is on a bad team, they are often overlooked for Pro Bowl consideration. This has been the case for Dawson his entire career. With his calm approach every year, it’s time for Dawson to go to the Pro Bowl. Enough is enough, now is the time and it is well deserved.

Why does the reliable veteran deserve to go in 2012? Cleveland’s captain of special teams has been near perfect this year. With the exception of one mishandled snap that was not his fault, Dawson has converted every one his kicks. Nowhere at all have any of the attempts been easy chip shots either. Five of his kicks have been forty yards or more and four have been from fifty yards or more. Yet, he continues to knock them down and is as cool as the other side of the pillow.

The former Texas Longhorn has attempted 17 field goals and has nailed all 17 of them. He is 100% on the year! In Cleveland’s 17 total touchdowns, Dawson is 16 of 17 in the point after.

During last Sunday’s match up against the division rival Baltimore Ravens, Dawson nailed five field goals and single handedly gave the Browns a 15-14 lead. All of Cleveland’s points belonged to Dawson giving him 67 total points on the 2012 campaign. With the Browns struggling to find the end zone often, it has gotten to the point where it is not the Cleveland Browns anymore, it is the Cleveland “Dawsons”. With Presidential election finally here, it’s time to vote for Dawson.

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