The curved bar that connects the vertical base of a football goal post to the horizontal cross bar. Named for Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson, who twice hit the Dawson bar with monumental field goals during the 2007 season.
Klaus von Schlabe won the game for the Wildcats when his 45-yard attempt slipped over the cross bar before hitting the Dawson bar
by JohnInCleveland December 17, 2007
The curved bar that supports the crossbar and goal posts on an American football field. Named for Phil Dawson, the Cleveland Browns placekicker who struck the center support (an odd occurrence) twice in one season -- once for a game-tying field goal and once from 49 yards away in a blizzard. A kick that strikes the Dawson Bar is a successful try, even if the ball rebounds and falls in front of the crossbar.
That kick is good! It hit the Dawson Bar before it bounced out!
by Beau Boughamer December 20, 2007