At Nearly 40 Years Old, Phil Dawson Keeps On Kickin’ for the 49ers

Phil Dawson (9) got congratulated after one of his field goals. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21 at Levi's Stadium Sunday September 28, 2014.
Phil Dawson (9) got congratulated after one of his field goals. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21 at Levi’s Stadium Sunday September 28, 2014.

After 13 productive years in the NFL, David Akers’ second season with the 49ers in 2012 was a disaster: The six-time Pro Bowler missed an NFL-high 13 field-goal attempts and was released in the offseason.

Fortunately for the 49ers, recent history isn’t repeating itself.

After 15 productive years in the NFL, Phil Dawson’s second season with the 49ers in 2014 has been, well, much like the others preceding it: The 10th-most accurate kicker in NFL history (84.4 percent) has made 82.6 percent of his kicks (19 of 23) this season.

At 39, Akers is out of the NFL.

At 39, Dawson is the second-oldest player in the league, behind the Colts’ Adam Vinatieri (41), and is showing signs he could join the Really Old Kickers Club. Morten Andersen (47), Gary Anderson (45), John Carney (45) and Eddie Murray (44) are among those who’ve kicked well into their 40s.

How long does Dawson, who is signed through 2015, envision playing?

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Source: SFGate.com  |  Eric Branch

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