Dawson has just returned from the Tennessee Titans exploring an opportunity to do some Pro scouting for them. He said they don't presently have a position open but expects to delve into that profession. For the last couple of years, Dawson has been active in real estate. He said this hall started seven-years ago and this is the seventh induction class.
"We get the high school athletic association involved and different coaches and different people to give us potential candidates," Dawson said. "And really what we try to do is highlight guys who played at the University of Kentucky or college's in the state of Kentucky or grew up and played in Kentucky and had significant impact on their sport and achieve great things. That‘s the premise there.
Dawson is arguably the best center that's ever suited up for the National Football League and many folks are miffed as to why he has yet to be inducted in the Canton Pro-Football Hall of Fame? "I appreciate it (people's concern) and it's flattering but it's out of my control and there's nothing I can do to worry about it," he lamented. "And I don't worry about it. It's probably going to come about eventually but they talk about politics and too many Steelers are being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I always tell people that you lay the grown work and you do what you need to do to be at that level. And they tell me you changed the game and how the position was played. The people I thank for that is my offensive coordinator Ron Erhart and coach Bill Cowher for allowing me to do that."
He said they were playing the Cleveland (Browns), who was trying different schemes versus the 4-4, 3-4 defense and all their linebacker were consuming our offensive linemen and letting the backs roam free. He said he told the coaches he could assume a roll of the guards and pulling with his speed. Dawson said – "We started doing that in practice and after that teams couldn't stop us and they couldn't scheme against us. Then other teams started doing that."
Dawson touched on where Kentucky football is presently, how it got there and where it can go. He said it's not known when Joker Phillips will take over – it could be next year or two-years from now or who knows – but having him in waiting is a huge milestone for the program. He said he has not a clue of how they got thus far but he would think Phillips has had a huge amount to do with it. "Joker, having the ties he has here to the state of Kentucky and being the person he is and having the relationship he has with the recruits, it could take Kentucky to another level. Then again to, it's always tough competing against some of the top SEC schools. I'll tell you, what is a real advantage is going to three consecutive bowls.
That ‘s always a plus because guys coming out of high school what they want to do, they want to go to bowl games." Again re-visiting how they got to this point is some he doesn't want taken the wrong way because he's Big Blue through-and-through. The bowls themselves have become more financial than reward and have taken the amateur status out of it. It's who can bring the most people and the most money into the city. "And I'm not afraid to say it because it is true."
Perhaps by this time next year Dermontti Dawson will be on tap to be inducted in to a place that he earned ad deserves to be – The National Football League Hall of Fame.