Joe Thomas announced his retirement Wednesday.
One of the best offensive linemen of the last decade, Thomas was a perennial Pro Bowl selection during his 11 NFL seasons — all of which he spent with the Cleveland Browns. Before going pro, Thomas was a star tackle at Wisconsin.
Joe Thomas announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons
.@joethomas73 is calling it a career.
See you in Canton, Joe.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 14, 2018
“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in a press release. “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 from 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.”
Thomas was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and he was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 NFL seasons. He played 10,363 consecutive snaps before having his streak broken last season.
“Joe has been a pillar of our organization and one of the greatest to put on a Cleveland Browns uniform,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in the release. “We want to thank him for everything he has done for the Browns and the Northeast Ohio community. We should all strive for the standard Joe has set to always be available, put the team above yourself and always give maximum effort. One of the first ways we will acknowledge and honor his accomplishments is to enshrine the number 10,363 to recognize his consecutive snaps streak in the team’s Ring of Honor at a home game this season. It also won’t be long before he takes his rightful place down the road in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”