As is usually the case with the Pro Bowl, players are dropping out due to “injury” (i.e. staying home instead), leaving spots open for the alternates. And lucky for Browns’ left tackle Joe Thomas, because Jason Peters of the Buffalo Bills has dropped out due to an injury he sustained in Week 16. Congratulations to Joe for being the third Browns player selected to the Pro Bowl, making the game right on the verge of watchable. This has been a season beyond almost everyone’s already high expectations for the rookie. With a few votes for Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl nod, not to mention being a mainstay on an offensive line (he started all 16 games) that only gave up 19 sacks all season, Joe Thomas has certainly got a bright future. But then again, he always would anyway with that bright orange helmet…
When reached for comment, Thomas explained that he “hated” the Pro Bowl and thought football was a “stupid sport, and I’m only doing this for the money. Screw Cleveland.”
Just kidding – here’s the typical answer he gave that every athlete gives upon selection to an all-star game:
“I am thrilled to be selected for the Pro Bowl and for the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the NFL.”
On another note, I don’t want to come back here after February 9th and write about Joe Thomas’ career-ending injury he received in the Pro Bowl. I’m sure he’ll be fine. Yeah, yeah he will. Hah! This is crazy! Of course he’ll be fine. Right?