BEREA, Ohio– Longtime Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson storied career officially came to a close on Friday.
The 44-year-old signed a one-day contract and retired from the NFL as a member of the Browns, where he played from 1999 to 2012.
Dawson scored 1,271 points as a Brown, the second most in team history. He holds a number of team records, and ranks along the all-time league leaders in games player, field goals made and points scored.
“There is no greater sports town in American than Cleveland. There are not greater fans in football anywhere. Like I said when I was here, and I still believe it to be true, there will be no greater place to be on the planet when the Lombardi Trophy goes down Euclid Avenue. And you can bet your last dollar that I will be there to celebrate with everyone,” Dawson said.
Dawson, a fan favorite known for his reliability, also made a number of charitable contributions to the community during his time in Northeast Ohio.
Though he spent the majority of his 21-year career in Cleveland, he spent the 2013 through 2016 seasons with the 49ers. Most recently, he played for the Cardinals before suffering a hip injury.