Joe Thomas joins NFL Network for all ‘Thursday Night Football’ broadcasts

If his professional football efforts weren't enough, Joe Thomas' broadcasting career continues on its meteoric rise.

The former Browns tackle and future Hall of Famer has officially joined NFL Network as a pre- and post-game analyst for Thursday Night Football, NFL Media announced Wednesday. 

"I am thrilled to join NFL Network and Thursday Night Football," Thomas said in a press release. "Throughout my playing career, I quickly realized there are few events which can rival the excitement and action of primetime NFL games, and having the chance to be a part of that atmosphere each week is something I greatly look forward to."

Joe Thomas announces his retirement. Take a look back at the 11 seasons he spent with the Browns.

Thomas began his behind-the-microphone life while still playing for the Browns, hosting a video interview series titled The Joe Thomas Hour before moving on to start The ThomaHawk Show podcast with former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins. He also made guest analyst appearances on ESPN and NFL Network, which he has continued beyond his playing career.

Thomas also makes semi-regular appearances on ESPN 850 WKNR's Cleveland Browns Daily and was part of draft coverage surrounding the Browns last month. He served as an analyst during last season's Thursday Night Football broadcast of the Browns' Week 3 win over the New York Jets in Cleveland.

As for that playing career: Thomas played 10,363 consecutive snaps with the Browns, never missing a down from the first game of his rookie season in 2007 until his unfortunate triceps injury, which ended his 2017 season early and was ultimately the last down of his career. He retired after the season and moved into other ventures, including the aforementioned broadcasting opportunities, while also becoming a svelte version of himself, losing 60 pounds in the process.

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