(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Browns kicker Phil Dawson stood in front of his locker and lectured like a calculus professor at Harvard.
Breaking down the various elements needed to make a field goal - angle, speed, trajectory, and the probability of an oblong football sailing through tricky winds and between stationary uprights - Dawson caught the attention of linebacker Scott Fujita, his well-read teammate who earned two degrees at Cal-Berkeley.
''John Nash, everyone,'' Fujita said with a laugh and comparing Dawson to the famed mathematician and subject of the film ''A Beautiful Mind.''
Well, Dawson's IQ isn't quite at genius level, and he'll never replicate Nash's work on game theory, but he does have vast knowledge on kicking field goals.
Lately, he's learned how difficult they can be to judge.
Because for all the technological advancements that have made NFL games safer and more enjoyable: from improved helmets to the computer-generated yellow line ...