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Browns series: Top 10 best players since ’99; No. 9 Phil Dawson

The Cleveland Browns returned to the playing field in 1999 after a brief three-year window of time when their original organization was moved to Baltimore after the 1995 season wrapped up.

Since that move was made much of the current conversations revolve around what’s happened since 1999. The new Cleveland organization has had its problems over the last two decades with numerous coaching changes and over 30 quarterbacks trying their hand at leading the team.

While there have been issues, they’ve still put together some squads over the years that have played tough and even gotten into the postseason a time or two. Along the way, there have been numerous players that have shown true grittiness and dedication to being the very best.

We want to recognize several of those players in this piece that you read next. Qualifying for being in the top 10 included playing for the Browns for three seasons or more. There have been several high-profile players come through town over the years but not many of them did much in their time with the Browns.

So, if you’re expecting to see Odell Beckham Jr. on this list you won’t. This list does include a couple of current players as well as we should point out their outstanding accomplishments already.

No. 9 all-time Cleveland Browns player since 1999- Phil Dawson, K

“In Phil, We Trust” is the way most Cleveland fans will remember the Browns kicker Phil Dawson because he was such a reliable player for so many teams that were usually lousy. He was the one thing in most games, that Browns fans could always count on.

He was part of the “Snow Globe” game against the Buffalo Bills when there was a blizzard down at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2007.

Later that season, he was on the winning end of one of the most bizarre wins for the Browns. Dawson attempted a 51-yard field goal against the Baltimore Ravens that initially hit the support bar and bounced back into play. It was reviewed and correctly called a made-field goal to give Cleveland a tie. The two teams then went to overtime where Dawson made the game-winning field goal.

He was a member of the Browns for 14 seasons and was the best kicker they’ve had since 1999. He started in the first season back for Cleveland and didn’t move on until 2013 when he went to kick for the San Francisco 49ers.

For his career as a Brown, he went 107 for 113 on kicks between 20-29 yards. From 30-39 yards he went 95 for 111. He went 67 for 93 from 40-49 and from beyond 50 yards he finished going 24-34. Overall, that’s an 84 percent accuracy clip.

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