Finally Browns fans our hero is recognized. Joe Thomas has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This man in incredibly deserving of this honor for many reasons one of which is all the different head coaches he had to play under 6 different head coaches. Through all the turmoil every regime change for 11 years, Joe stuck around. I for one am taking this opportunity to say thank you. He played with many starting QBs but there was always one constant for those long 11 years was number 73 lining up on the blind side. Joe’s career started at Brookfield Central in Wisconsin, then he headed to the University of Wisconsin from 2003-2006 he started every game from 04-06. He was also an accomplished track and field star, he record breaking throws in the discus and shot put.

He was taken in the first round of the 2007 draft. Something I remember very vividly, I was so unhappy the very QB needy Browns took Joe a tackle with the third overall pick. I resorted to pouting like a child, I was ending my sophomore year of high school. My uncle Frank told me that if the QB the Browns took later was going to be successful he was gonna need a body guard and Joe was the guy. The Browns later took Brady Quinn with the 22nd pick.

Joe went on to play 10,363 consecutive snaps in his career, the streak ended and so did Joe’s career when he tore his triceps blocking Brian Orakpo. Joe only allowed 30 total sacks in his NFL career. He only committed 61 accepted penalties and only one penalty in 2009 and 2013.


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