After weeks of speculation, longtime Cleveland Browns offensive lineman and likely future Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Thomas announced his retirement. Thomas spent his entire 11 year career with the Cleveland Browns, who drafted the former Wisconsin Badger in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Thomas was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons, was a 7-time first-team All-Pro while starting in 167 games for the Browns. He’ll be remembered for his 10,362 consecutive snaps streak, that ended with an injury in Baltimore this past season. Thomas blocked for 19 different starting quarterbacks under 6 different head coaches.
Joe Thomas said the following in a release…
“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family. Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to. From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe. I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of the fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them for the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”
SOURCE: WHBC – Brian Novak