Throughout his 4-year career with the Fordham Rams, standout linebacker George Dawson appeared in every single game and started every game since his sophomore season. He built a sound reputation due to his versatility and superb leadership skills. To cap off his 2015 campaign, Dawson was awarded the Danowski Award as he best exemplified leadership, sacrifice and commitment to excellence on the football field.
You won’t see many other players work harder and devote their time to the game than George Dawson. While he puts in the time and effort, he backs it up on the field. Dawson finished his career with 214 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 23 passes defended, 5 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles as he displayed his ability time and time again to contribute in every phase of the game.
Growing up in the Bronx, Dawson was privileged with the opportunity to play in one of the most reputable venues in the world as Fordham hosted a game at Yankee Stadium – which also happens to be in Dawson’s hometown. A moment he says he will “not forget”.
Q: You were a co-recipient of the Danowski Award which is given to the player who best exemplifies character through leadership, sacrifice and commitment to excellence on the field. Would you say that’s the highest honor of your football career thus far?
A: Definitely, receiving that award my Junior year was a huge honor just knowing that the team and the coaches felt that I was a great leader.
Q: You’ve been a team captain and leader now at both the high school and college levels. Do you think it will be easy for you to translate those skills to the NFL and why?
A: I feel like leadership is something that transcends any level of athletics, I feel like I relate easily to the people I’ve played with so that will definitely help me out if I am blessed enough to play at the next level.
Q: You never missed a game throughout your entire college career. Not many players can say that, what do you mostly accredit that to?
A: I feel like I’ve done a good job taking care of my body throughout my career and our training staff at Fordham played a huge part in that but I give all thanks to the man upstairs for allowing me to play in all those games.
Q: This past season you played a game at Yankee Stadium. How would you describe playing at a venue of that magnitude in your hometown?
A: That Yankee Stadium game was an amazing experience and one that I won’t forget. I’ve always wanted to see what it was like being in such great stadium and it lived up to the hype. It was a special day.
Q: What would you consider to be the biggest strength of your overall game?
A: I feel like my recognition on the field and my versatility as a player are my biggest strengths.
Q: What is something you want to improve on?
A: Something I want to get better at is my strength at the point of attack and I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the season.
Q: Who was the most talented player you ever played against?
A: Best player I ever played against would have to be Terrance West at Towson.
Q: Is there a certain NFL player who you model your game after?
A: I would say I try to model my game after Telvin Smith.
Q: What would you say in order to sell yourself to an NFL General Manager?
A: I would tell them that if they take a chance on my they would be getting a competitor and someone who is going to work hard all the time.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you off the football field?
A: Most people wouldn’t know that I’m a Sci-fi geek.
Q: Being one of five other siblings, would you say that helped you become the leader you are on and off the football field?
A: I’m actually the youngest and only boy. But I definitely feel that growing up with that helped me develop my leadership skills when I got into sports, I had to relate to my teammates and not just my sisters at home anymore.