Trent Dilfer has gone viral in the sports world for yelling at Phil Dawson’s son.
So. This is awkward. In 2005 Trent Dilfer came to Cleveland to be the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns after his tenure in Seattle came to an end at the hands of Matt Hassleback. When he arrived, he and the legendary Browns that is Phil Dawson officially became teammates. Their tenure together lasted only a season before Dilfer was off to San Francisco, while Dawson would remain for quite some time after.
Flash forward 16 years later, and the two are coaches together at Lipscomb Academy. Dilfer is the head coach and Dawson is the special teams’ coordinator. The two appear to be good friends. After all, Dilfer more than likely asked Dawson to join him on the coaching staff.
So things probably got a whole heaping of awkward when Dilfer went viral for grabbing, pushing, and screaming at Dawson’s second-oldest, Beau Dawson. Beau’s a tight end for the team and while there is no context to what transpired beforehand, all most people know is that Beau wasn’t listening to Dilfer and then Dilfer gripped Beau, and pushed him towards the bench, screaming to “sit down” as another player and coach stepped in between them.
Maybe Phil Dawson doesn’t invite Trent Dilfer to Christmas this year
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Many who have played football will see the video and not think too much about it. It’s rather tame compared to what most people went through, though the idea of touching a kid may be a line crossed to some. Ultimately Dilfer apologized, and there appears to be no ill will between Dilfer and Dawson and everyone is fine physically, so it really isn’t that big of a deal.
Honestly, there are merits to thinking Dilfer went too far and there is merit in thinking that this is fine. There isn’t a “wrong” or “right” side to this. Context is important, and while Dilfer should’ve been more composed, he himself admitted so, if a player is acting up, that’s a problem.
Ultimately, this isn’t really that interesting of a news story on its own. Except to us, because how often does this happen? Where one former Browns player screams at the son of another former Browns’ player, a legend to the franchise as well, all while the three play and coach for the same team. If you had this on your 2021 Browns Bingo Card, congrats, this is an automatic win.
Oh, and by the way, Mr. Dawson, if you’re reading this; we have an open kicking position.