Cleveland Browns’ 10 best players since returning to the NFL in 1999

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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 23: Kicker Phil Dawson Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 23: Kicker Phil Dawson Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images /

3. Phil Dawson

Kickers typically don’t get talked up like others do by fans, analysts, etc., but for Phil Dawson, he should be appreciated more than he is. If you don’t believe me, check this out: Dawson has the most field goals made and the second most attempts in team history.

Having joined Cleveland in 1999 as an undrafted free agent, very few players could be relied upon but Dawson was always one of them.

They did not win a lot and without him, Cleveland would have won even fewer games.

Now, while his impact over his 14 seasons in Cleveland was impressive and appreciated, just imagine if he was a quarterback instead. Dawson will be remembered as one of the best Browns kickers of all-time, who made countless kicks to at least give the team some hope for a win, and occasionally, kicked the game-winner.

As a member of the Browns, he saw his team win 73 games from 1999 to 2012.

Following his NE Ohio tenure, Dawson kicked four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers before joining the Arizona Cardinals last season.

The former University of Texas product made 84% of field goals kicking through 305 of 363 attempts before moving on. Dawson’s extra point attempts percentage was higher as it should be, having kicked in 350 of 358 attempts, good for 97.8%.

Did you know he also was a punter too? Yep, it is true. Dawson punted eight times for 209 yards while in Cleveland.