Late is better than never I guess. The NFL announced the 84-player Pro Bowl roster today, and two familiar Cleveland Browns found there names on it. For left tackle Joe Thomas, the news was nothing new, but to veteran kicker Phil Dawson, the news was music to his ears.
For the sixth time in his career, Thomas is going to Hawaii. What makes this more impressive is Thomas is in his sixth year in the NFL. No. 73 on the Browns has never missed a regular season game. On the same token, Thomas has never been to the playoffs. Nonetheless, Thomas is perfect model left tackle in the NFL and is once again going to Honolulu.
Coming out of Texas University as an undrafted rookie free agent, Dawson found a home with the Browns in 1999. He is the last remaining player left from that 1999 Browns team. For most of his career, Dawson has been on a losing team. Today, Dawson was given word that he would be going to his first Pro Bowl in his fourteen year career. Dawson has missed just one field goal this season. For everything that Dawson has been through, it could not have happened to a better person.
To have two Browns’ players participating in the Pro Bowl this year is refreshing to the orange and brown fans. Some other teams have as many as nine going. Josh Cribbs, D’Qwell Jackson, Alex Mack have been chosen as an alternative should someone get injured or opt out of playing. Jackson very much deserves a shot at going.
In a season that has had it’s ups and downs, it’s nice that Thomas and Dawson were noticed by people outside of the Cleveland area. Congratulations to both of them on a job well done.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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