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Best Brown 

Phil Dawson

In another year, another era, we hope not to be handing out awards to - ahem - a kicker. But last season, Phil Dawson's steady right foot was just about the only thing Browns fans could rely on - not counting bad play-calling and post-game bellyaching. Since breaking into the NFL in 1999, Dawson has quietly emerged as one of the league's most trusted kickers, hitting more than 80 percent of his field-goal tries - despite working in the Siberian frontier that is Browns Stadium. Last season was one of Dawson's best: He nailed 24 of his 29 field-goal attempts and all of his 28 extra-point tries. He also booted seven field goals from beyond 50 yards, often providing the Browns with their only chance for a score. With a new coach and a new roster, there's hope that next year's honor may go to someone who sees the field more than a few times a game. But either way, it'll be nice to have Dawson's trusty foot around.


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