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By the Numbers: Joe Thomas leaves behind an unmatched legacy

Joe Thomas will be remembered as one of the greatest players in Browns history.

We're breaking down the left tackle and future Hall-of-Famer's career by the numbers.

10,363 — In what's believed to be the longest streak in NFL history, Thomas played 10,363 consecutive snaps since being drafted by the Browns in 2007. That improbable feat came to an end when Thomas suffered a season-ending triceps injury in a game against the Titans in October.

167 — Thomas started 167 consecutive games for the Browns, the longest streak among active offensive linemen.

11 — Thomas spent all 11 of his NFL seasons in Cleveland, choosing to stay with the Browns despite their on-field struggles over the years.

10 — Thomas was voted to a franchise-record 10 Pro Bowls last season, passing Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Brown (nine) and Lou Groza (nine).

7 — Thomas has been named a first-team All Pro selection seven times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).

2007 — Thomas was the third-overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. It's been well-documented how, instead of attending the draft in New York City, he chose to spend the day with his father, fishing on Lake Michigan.

3 — Thomas' impact off the field has been as significant as his on-field legacy. He's been the Browns' Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee three times (2010, 2012, 2016), which recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community to be considered for the national award.

2 — Thomas is the only player in team history voted as the PFWA Dino Lucarelli Good Guy award winner multiple times (2010 and 2013) in recognition of his cooperation with the media and his community involvement.

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