Playing in perhaps their last game as members of the Cleveland Browns, Josh Cribbs and Phil Dawson did not disappoint. Three Browns’ players made the NFL‘s embarrassing All-Star game, special teams star Cribbs, kicker Dawson, and left tackle Joe Thomas. So how did our orange helmets fare?
For Dawson, playing in Honolulu was an experience of a life time. As the starting kicker for the AFC, Dawson scored five points all on extra points. The savvy veteran even attempted a soccer-like back heel onside kick. Yes, Dawson definitely had some fun on Sunday. The Texas native also made franchise history and became the first Browns kicker to play in the Pro Bowl.
In his last game of the official season, Cribbs finally scored his first touchdown. It came on a four yard pass from AFC quarterback Matt Schaub. In his third Pro Bowl, Cribbs found himself playing a ton of receiver and compiled three catches for 56 yards, including a catch-and-run for 39 yards. Possibly donning the orange helmet for the last time, Cribbs looked like he had a blast in Hawaii and wore his helmet proudly.
Thomas played and started his typical left tackle position for the sixth straight time in his career. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who wasn’t really trying in this joke of an All-Star game, couldn’t get past Thomas. The class act Thomas represents what it means to be a Cleveland Brown.
In the end, the NFC ended up smoking the AFC. Browns’ players were responsible for 11 of the AFC’s 35 points. But does it really matter? It was nice seeing three Brownies play one last time until next season. Congratulations to Dawson, Cribbs, and Thomas.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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