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Hall of Fame Joe: For Thomas, it's the 'greatest honor' of his life

Browns 10-time Pro Bowler made it official on Saturday with his enshrinement


CANTON — Joe Thomas took the stage Saturday to accept his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, crediting those who supported him as everything came full circle for the all-time player.

Thomas was introduced by his wife, Annie Thomas, and his four children, who spoke in a video highlight collection of Thomas's best plays. 

"Joe style of play is methodical," Annie Thomas said. "He gives 110 percent always, on the football field, being a father, he's the one everyone can rely on."

The Browns' 10-year veteran played an incredible 10,363 snaps in a row.

"That number 10,363 is special to me—and not just because it's an NFL record, but because it shows that I was there for my brothers 10,363 times in a row," Thomas said. "Loyalty, consistency, something bigger than yourself, showing up for someone else."

Check out photos of Joe Thomas throughout his enshrinement day at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Thomas continued on, thanking his family and friends who helped him become an NFL Hall of Famer.

"I wouldn't be standing on this stage today without the people who've helped shape me into the player I was and the man I am, and that of course starts with the first role models in my life, my parents," Thomas said.

"Dad, I watched you go to work every day, no matter what. I didn't then know the quote, 'availability is the most important ability,' but I learned those values from you buddy! 

"Mom, you taught me to always strive for perfection. I tried to be perfect every single snap on the football field because of the principles that you taught me."

"To my sister, Jesse, brother, Bill and all my family members you have all shaped my life in ways that helped me become an NFL Hall of Famer, im Hall of Famer No. 369. 

"Thank you for being such a huge part in this beautiful journey!"

Thomas expressed his gratitude for his wife, who provided unwavering support during his tenure as an NFL player.

"Annie, you are my rock," Thomas said. "Your support is unshakable, and I would not be here without you. You've lived through the losses, the injuries, the new coaches, the times when I was too worn out to even speak or lift my head You've been my generous and understanding soul mate, and the best mother our four kids could ever have. And I'm just grateful that they look like you, and not like an offensive lineman."

The 10-time Pro Bowler, six-time first-team All-Pro, and two second-team All-Pro had a message for Browns fans.

"You are the most loyal group of people I know," he said. "Even when we were losing, you were there every Sunday barking in the dog pound and partying in the Muni Lot. You guys are the heartbeat of the Cleveland Browns, and it was my honor to represent you on and off the field for 11 seasons."

Thomas, the first player from the Browns who played in the 21st century to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, has secured his football legacy as one of the all-time greats by adding a gold jacket to his wardrobe.

Check out photos from The Grand Parade, where Joe Thomas and his family celebrated his induction through the streets of Canton

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