On Wednesday, Wisconsin great and long-time Cleveland Brown Joe Thomas announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.
Thomas was a 10-time Pro-Bowler and is the only player in NFL history to play 10,000 consecutive snaps. Despite playing his whole career in Cleveland, who only had one winning season with Thomas (10-6 in 2007), the left tackle will go down as one of the best offensive lineman of all-time.
Wisconsin football honored Thomas on Wednesday, congratulating him on his 11-year career with a goat emoji and acknowledging that he will one day make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Here is the tweet:
Joe Thomas in one emoji: 🐐
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) March 14, 2018
Thomas played for the Badgers from 2003-06 before he was selected by the Browns with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Thomas made the Pro-Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons and extended his consecutive snaps streak to 10,363 before his 2017 season ended with injury.
Here are some other reactions to Thomas’s retirement.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 14, 2018
Congrats @joethomas73 on an incredible career. A true pro both on and off the field. A legend while I was at Wisconsin, and thankful I got to play with him for a year in Cleveland. #gobrowns #onwisconsin
— Kevin Zeitler (@kzeit70) March 14, 2018
— Joel Bitonio (@JoelBitonio) March 14, 2018
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 14, 2018
Text from ex-NFL QB/Joe Thomas' fellow '07 Browns first-rounder Brady Quinn on his buddy's retirement: "Best player I ever played with, and somehow he’s an even better person. Loved that guy."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 14, 2018
Joe Thomas is the best player from a draft that included Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, and Darrelle Revis. He was an All-Pro nine times in 11 seasons. He is, quite simply, one of the best players in NFL history.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) March 14, 2018