Character is the Issue by Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarPhil Dawson is the kicker for the Cleveland Browns. Read about one of the toughest decisions he had to make. Phil Dawson is the kicker for the Cleveland Browns.  When he was a 20-year-old former All-American high school football player entering his second year at the University of Texas, he was selected as the top place kicker in the country by Playboy magazine for their pre-season, All-American team. Each year the chosen players are flown to a resort where the week-end culminates in a photo shoot, providing the pictures for the “Pigskin Preview” in the October issue of Playboy. This recognition was pretty heady stuff for Phil and initially he was elated. When reality set in he realized that he could not participate in the Playboy event. He sought counsel from his family, friends, and the Longhorns chaplain before formally rejecting the award. He wanted to be certain he was making the right decision. NULL

The toughest thing was telling Coach Mackovic, but he considered his faith more important and he specifically stated that Playboy was degrading to women. Phil graciously explained that he was not saying that all the people who accept the Playboy award are wrong and he pointed out that, “The last thing I wanted to do was come across as arrogant.

It’s just an issue with the kind of role model I want to be.”

While he was in college, Phil would regularly speak to kids in Austin and Dallas about moral values, urging them to say no to drugs, irresponsible drinking and premarital sex. He put a lot of effort into being a role model and, as he pointed out, he didn’t want some youngster saying, “Well, he’s just talking. The other night he was at the Playboy Mansion.”  “It was a credibility issue with me,” Phil explained as he stated, “This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make but I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve decided.” Phil Dawson has continued to take this same approach throughout his life, and has enjoyed success in football and in life. Think about it and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!


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