Joe Thomas, the great left tackle for the Cleveland Browns, has decided to call it a career. What a career it was, Thomas didn’t miss a snap for the first ten years of his career. A truly incredible feat for any position in the NFL, even more so for an offensive lineman. Unfortunately, this season that streak came to an end when he tore his left triceps. Thomas had played over 10,000 consecutive snap for the miserable Browns. He was the one bright spot for the franchise during a decade of despair. His ability to stay on the field and play through injuries led him to be looked at as the Cal Ripken Jr. of the NFL.
Of course as soon as the Browns start to show some signs of life, and by life I mean competence, Thomas decides to hang up the cleats. He went through a decade of being at the bottom of the barrel, now the Browns start putting together some talent and might have a chance to not finish in last, and Joe Thomas retires. Can’t blame him, though. The Browns are still years away from competing for anything important, so why stick around and put your body through hell for a couple mediocre seasons.
Thomas goes out on top as most of the great one’s do. He’ll for sure be a hall of famer one day and will be on the Browns Mount Rushmore forever. The league lost a great player and even better man today, although by the looks of his new podcast something tells me Joe Thomas will be around the game of football for a long time.