Players

Joe Thomas
OL #73
Height:
6-6
Weight:
312
Age:
31
College:
Wisconsin
Experience:
10

Quick Stats (2016):

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2
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2
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
GGS
TOTAL 146 146
2016 CLE 2 2
2015 CLE 16 16
2014 CLE 16 16
2013 CLE 16 16
2012 CLE 16 16
2011 CLE 16 16
2010 CLE 16 16
2009 CLE 16 16
2008 CLE 16 16
2007 CLE 16 16
Recent Games
WKOppResult
1 @PHI L 10-29
2 BAL L 20-25

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Biography

Career Transactions: Selected by Cleveland Browns in first round (third overall) of 2007 NFL Draft, April 28, 2007.

At a Glance:

Eighth player in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first nine seasons. The other seven players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Only player in team history to earn the Walter Payton Man of the Year distinction twice (2010 and 2012), and was selected as one of three finalists for the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Also the only player in team history to be voted as the PFWA Dino Lucarelli Good Guy award winner multiple times (2010 and 2013), an award for cooperation with the media and community involvement.

Hosted an Emmy nominated weekly segment on Browns television – The Joe Thomas Hour, The Best Two Minutes of your Life – where he interviewed teammates in the locker room.

An avid outdoorsman who co-hosted ‘Outdoors Ohio’ on SportsTime Ohio with D'Arcy Egan for three seasons (2008-10). Opted to go fishing with his dad on Lake Michigan instead of attending the 2007 NFL Draft with the other top players.

Enjoys gardening and maintains a 900 square foot garden. His garden includes peppers, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, garlic and asparagus. He considers the cajun belle pepper the best thing in his garden. 

Career Highlights:

Eighth player in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first nine seasons - the other seven players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…Tied for first in Browns history in Pro Bowl selections with nine along with Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lou Groza…Only OL in NFL history to make Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons...Played every offensive snap (8,959 consecutive) in his career, the longest active stretch in the league…Started all 144 career games, tied for the second-longest streak among current NFL offensive linemen…Selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team each of the past eight seasons, including six first-team honors (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Pro Bowl Selections (9): 2007-15

Seasonal Reviews:

2015: Became the first offensive lineman in NFL history and second player in Browns history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons…One of eight players in league history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons…Named to the Associated Press All-Pro team for the eighth time…Started all 16 games at LT, playing every offensive snap and continuing his consecutive snaps streaks since he entered the league.

2014: Pro Bowl honoree...Named Associated Press first team All-Pro...Voted to PFWA All-NFL team, the only offensive player to repeat the honor from 2013…Voted the Browns Player of the Year by the local PFWA…Helped Browns record 17 rushing touchdowns, fourth-most in the NFL, and rush for more than 150 yards in five games.

2013: Voted by his teammates as the offensive captain…Voted as a starter to the Pro Bowl squad…Named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team and the PFWA All-NFL team…One of three Browns offensive linemen (C Alex Mack, RT Mitchell Schwartz) who played every offensive snap in 2013…(9/29) vs. Cin.: Started his 100th career game during a 17-6 victory.

2012: Along with K Phil Dawson and LB D’Qwell Jackson, served as one of three season-long team captains…Opened all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap…Named as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad…Named to The Sporting News All-Pro team and the Associated Press All-Pro second team…Part of a line that helped pave the way for RB Trent Richardson who rushed for 950 yards, 11 touchdowns and 1,317 total yards from scrimmage – all of which were Browns rookie records.

2011: Opened all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap…Named as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the fifth consecutive season…Selected as a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press…Chosen to SI.com’s All-Pro team…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team.

2010: Started all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap…Voted as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad…Selected as a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team…Selected to The Sporting News All-Pro team…Voted a co-captain on offense…Part of an offensive line that led the way for five individual 100-yard rushing performances and a running game that averaged 4.0 yards per rush attempt…Helped RB Peyton Hillis rush for 1,177 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, tied for the fourth-highest total in the AFC and sixth in the NFL…In addition, the line allowed either none or only one sack seven times over the course of the season.

2009: Started all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap for the third year in a row…Named to third consecutive Pro Bowl to become the first Browns offensive lineman to do so since Hall of Famer Gene Hickerson (1969-71)…Selected as a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press…Chosen to SI.com’s All-Pro team…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team…Voted a co-captain on offense…Helped the Browns to an average of 130.4 rushing yards per game, the eighth-most in the NFL…Helped the team post four consecutive contests with more than 160 yards rushing, becoming the first Browns team to do that since 1968…Unit also allowed just 30 sacks, including only seven over the final seven games….(12/20) at K.C:…Helped pave the way for an individual club-record 286 rushing yards by RB Jerome Harrison.

2008: Started all 16 games at left tackle and was named the starter for the AFC Pro Bowl squad…A second-team All-League selection by the Associated Press…Helped pave the way for RB Jamal Lewis to gain 1,000 yards for the second straight season…Played every offensive snap for the second consecutive season.

2007: In his rookie season, started all 16 games at left tackle and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad…One of only two Browns to take part in every offensive snap (C Hank Fraley)…Part of an offensive line that allowed only 19 sacks, tied for third-fewest in the NFL and ranked as tied for third-fewest in franchise history…Helped RB Jamal Lewis rush for more than 1,000 yards in his first season in Cleveland…Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November as the Browns went 3-1 that month and averaged 401.7 yards of total offense in those three wins…Was only the fourth NFL rookie offensive lineman to reach the Pro Bowl at the time, joining Marcus McNeill (San Diego, 2007), Richmond Webb (Miami, 1991) and Chris Hinton (Baltimore, 1984)…Became the first Browns rookie selected to the Pro Bowl since linebacker Chip Banks (1982 season) and the first offensive lineman since right tackle Cody Risien (1987 season).

College: In 50 games at the University of Wisconsin (2003-06), started 38 contests at left offensive tackle and one at left defensive end…Only the fifth player in school history to be a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award (2005-06), given to the nation’s outstanding college lineman…Also was only the second to receive that recognition twice in a career…In 2006, became the first Wisconsin player to win the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s top lineman, and the first Badger offensive lineman since Chris McIntosh in 1999 to earn Associated Press All-America first-team honors…In track, set the school indoor record in the shot put with a 62’1¼” toss in 2005…Also excelled in the classroom; three times earning ESPN Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors…As a senior in 2006, was a unanimous All-America first-team selection…Also the recipient of the National Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship ($18,000) from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame…Finalist for the Draddy Trophy, the National Football Foundation’s academic award for college football’s top scholar athlete…Finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy for community service, academic and athletic achievement…Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman at tight end in short-yardage situations…Shifted to left defensive end, starting vs. Auburn in the Music City Bowl when injuries depleted the Badgers’ defensive line…Also appeared on the offensive line, becoming the first true freshman in the Barry Alvarez era to accomplish that feat…Business major, with an emphasis in real estate and urban land economics.

High School: Attended Brookfield (Wis.) Central High School…Also served as kicker and punter…In addition to football, lettered four times in both track and basketball…Captained the football and basketball teams his senior year…Four-time Honor Roll student, in addition to garnering U.S. Army Academic All-America honors…In track, finished fifth in the national finals in the shot put as a junior and was second in the shot put and 10th in the discus at the 2003 Adidas Outdoor Championships…Won the 2003 Wisconsin state title in the shot put and discus and was the conference, regional and sectional champion in the shot put and discus during his final season…Community Involvement: Named the 2010 and 2012 Cleveland Browns Walter Payton Man of the Year, the only player in team history to earn the distinction twice…Selected as one of three finalists for the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award…Also selected as a finalist for the 2013 Bart Starr Award for community service…Embarked on a weeklong visit to U.S. troops at military bases throughout Southwest Asia as part of the NFL-USO program during the 2010 offseason…Founded the “Blue Collar Corner” season ticket program which provides tickets, apparel and food for the Cleveland Building and Trades Council and the “Thomas’ Troops” season ticket program which provides tickets, apparel and food for the USO of Northern Ohio…Participates in numerous “Shop with a Pro” events each season…Served as the honorary co-chair of the annual Taste of the Browns event for six consecutive seasons, which benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank…Hosts an annual assembly for a school that raises the most money for the Cleveland APL…Voted as the 2010 and 2013 PFWA Dino Lucarelli Good Guy award winner, the only repeat winner since the inception of the award in 2001…Hobbies/Interests: An avid outdoorsman…Co-hosted ‘Outdoors Ohio’ on SportsTime Ohio with D’Arcy Egan for three seasons (2008-10)…Invited to attend the 2007 NFL Draft in New York, but declined and opted to go with fishing with his dad on Lake Michigan instead…Caught a 26-pound salmon when he was eight years old…Enjoys gardening and maintains a 900 square foot garden…Hosted an Emmy nominated weekly segment on Browns television – The Joe Thomas Hour, The Best Two Minutes of your Life – where he interviewed teammates in the locker room.

Career Transactions: Selected by Cleveland Browns in first round (third overall) of 2007 NFL Draft, April 28, 2007.

At a Glance:

Eighth player in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first nine seasons. The other seven players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Only player in team history to earn the Walter Payton Man of the Year distinction twice (2010 and 2012), and was selected as one of three finalists for the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Also the only player in team history to be voted as the PFWA Dino Lucarelli Good Guy award winner multiple times (2010 and 2013), an award for cooperation with the media and community involvement.

Hosted an Emmy nominated weekly segment on Browns television – The Joe Thomas Hour, The Best Two Minutes of your Life – where he interviewed teammates in the locker room.

An avid outdoorsman who co-hosted ‘Outdoors Ohio’ on SportsTime Ohio with D'Arcy Egan for three seasons (2008-10). Opted to go fishing with his dad on Lake Michigan instead of attending the 2007 NFL Draft with the other top players.

Enjoys gardening and maintains a 900 square foot garden. His garden includes peppers, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, garlic and asparagus. He considers the cajun belle pepper the best thing in his garden. 

Career Highlights:

Eighth player in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl each of his first nine seasons - the other seven players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame…Tied for first in Browns history in Pro Bowl selections with nine along with Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lou Groza…Only OL in NFL history to make Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons...Played every offensive snap (8,959 consecutive) in his career, the longest active stretch in the league…Started all 144 career games, tied for the second-longest streak among current NFL offensive linemen…Selected to the Associated Press All-Pro team each of the past eight seasons, including six first-team honors (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Pro Bowl Selections (9): 2007-15

Seasonal Reviews:

2015: Became the first offensive lineman in NFL history and second player in Browns history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons…One of eight players in league history to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first nine seasons…Named to the Associated Press All-Pro team for the eighth time…Started all 16 games at LT, playing every offensive snap and continuing his consecutive snaps streaks since he entered the league.

2014: Pro Bowl honoree...Named Associated Press first team All-Pro...Voted to PFWA All-NFL team, the only offensive player to repeat the honor from 2013…Voted the Browns Player of the Year by the local PFWA…Helped Browns record 17 rushing touchdowns, fourth-most in the NFL, and rush for more than 150 yards in five games.

2013: Voted by his teammates as the offensive captain…Voted as a starter to the Pro Bowl squad…Named to the Associated Press All-Pro first team and the PFWA All-NFL team…One of three Browns offensive linemen (C Alex Mack, RT Mitchell Schwartz) who played every offensive snap in 2013…(9/29) vs. Cin.: Started his 100th career game during a 17-6 victory.

2012: Along with K Phil Dawson and LB D’Qwell Jackson, served as one of three season-long team captains…Opened all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap…Named as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad…Named to The Sporting News All-Pro team and the Associated Press All-Pro second team…Part of a line that helped pave the way for RB Trent Richardson who rushed for 950 yards, 11 touchdowns and 1,317 total yards from scrimmage – all of which were Browns rookie records.

2011: Opened all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap…Named as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the fifth consecutive season…Selected as a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press…Chosen to SI.com’s All-Pro team…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team.

2010: Started all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap…Voted as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad…Selected as a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team…Selected to The Sporting News All-Pro team…Voted a co-captain on offense…Part of an offensive line that led the way for five individual 100-yard rushing performances and a running game that averaged 4.0 yards per rush attempt…Helped RB Peyton Hillis rush for 1,177 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, tied for the fourth-highest total in the AFC and sixth in the NFL…In addition, the line allowed either none or only one sack seven times over the course of the season.

2009: Started all 16 games at left tackle and did not miss an offensive snap for the third year in a row…Named to third consecutive Pro Bowl to become the first Browns offensive lineman to do so since Hall of Famer Gene Hickerson (1969-71)…Selected as a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press…Chosen to SI.com’s All-Pro team…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team…Voted a co-captain on offense…Helped the Browns to an average of 130.4 rushing yards per game, the eighth-most in the NFL…Helped the team post four consecutive contests with more than 160 yards rushing, becoming the first Browns team to do that since 1968…Unit also allowed just 30 sacks, including only seven over the final seven games….(12/20) at K.C:…Helped pave the way for an individual club-record 286 rushing yards by RB Jerome Harrison.

2008: Started all 16 games at left tackle and was named the starter for the AFC Pro Bowl squad…A second-team All-League selection by the Associated Press…Helped pave the way for RB Jamal Lewis to gain 1,000 yards for the second straight season…Played every offensive snap for the second consecutive season.

2007: In his rookie season, started all 16 games at left tackle and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad…One of only two Browns to take part in every offensive snap (C Hank Fraley)…Part of an offensive line that allowed only 19 sacks, tied for third-fewest in the NFL and ranked as tied for third-fewest in franchise history…Helped RB Jamal Lewis rush for more than 1,000 yards in his first season in Cleveland…Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November as the Browns went 3-1 that month and averaged 401.7 yards of total offense in those three wins…Was only the fourth NFL rookie offensive lineman to reach the Pro Bowl at the time, joining Marcus McNeill (San Diego, 2007), Richmond Webb (Miami, 1991) and Chris Hinton (Baltimore, 1984)…Became the first Browns rookie selected to the Pro Bowl since linebacker Chip Banks (1982 season) and the first offensive lineman since right tackle Cody Risien (1987 season).

College: In 50 games at the University of Wisconsin (2003-06), started 38 contests at left offensive tackle and one at left defensive end…Only the fifth player in school history to be a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award (2005-06), given to the nation’s outstanding college lineman…Also was only the second to receive that recognition twice in a career…In 2006, became the first Wisconsin player to win the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s top lineman, and the first Badger offensive lineman since Chris McIntosh in 1999 to earn Associated Press All-America first-team honors…In track, set the school indoor record in the shot put with a 62’1¼” toss in 2005…Also excelled in the classroom; three times earning ESPN Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors…As a senior in 2006, was a unanimous All-America first-team selection…Also the recipient of the National Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship ($18,000) from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame…Finalist for the Draddy Trophy, the National Football Foundation’s academic award for college football’s top scholar athlete…Finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy for community service, academic and athletic achievement…Appeared in 11 games as a true freshman at tight end in short-yardage situations…Shifted to left defensive end, starting vs. Auburn in the Music City Bowl when injuries depleted the Badgers’ defensive line…Also appeared on the offensive line, becoming the first true freshman in the Barry Alvarez era to accomplish that feat…Business major, with an emphasis in real estate and urban land economics.

High School: Attended Brookfield (Wis.) Central High School…Also served as kicker and punter…In addition to football, lettered four times in both track and basketball…Captained the football and basketball teams his senior year…Four-time Honor Roll student, in addition to garnering U.S. Army Academic All-America honors…In track, finished fifth in the national finals in the shot put as a junior and was second in the shot put and 10th in the discus at the 2003 Adidas Outdoor Championships…Won the 2003 Wisconsin state title in the shot put and discus and was the conference, regional and sectional champion in the shot put and discus during his final season…Community Involvement: Named the 2010 and 2012 Cleveland Browns Walter Payton Man of the Year, the only player in team history to earn the distinction twice…Selected as one of three finalists for the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award…Also selected as a finalist for the 2013 Bart Starr Award for community service…Embarked on a weeklong visit to U.S. troops at military bases throughout Southwest Asia as part of the NFL-USO program during the 2010 offseason…Founded the “Blue Collar Corner” season ticket program which provides tickets, apparel and food for the Cleveland Building and Trades Council and the “Thomas’ Troops” season ticket program which provides tickets, apparel and food for the USO of Northern Ohio…Participates in numerous “Shop with a Pro” events each season…Served as the honorary co-chair of the annual Taste of the Browns event for six consecutive seasons, which benefits the Greater Cleveland Food Bank…Hosts an annual assembly for a school that raises the most money for the Cleveland APL…Voted as the 2010 and 2013 PFWA Dino Lucarelli Good Guy award winner, the only repeat winner since the inception of the award in 2001…Hobbies/Interests: An avid outdoorsman…Co-hosted ‘Outdoors Ohio’ on SportsTime Ohio with D’Arcy Egan for three seasons (2008-10)…Invited to attend the 2007 NFL Draft in New York, but declined and opted to go with fishing with his dad on Lake Michigan instead…Caught a 26-pound salmon when he was eight years old…Enjoys gardening and maintains a 900 square foot garden…Hosted an Emmy nominated weekly segment on Browns television – The Joe Thomas Hour, The Best Two Minutes of your Life – where he interviewed teammates in the locker room.

 

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