Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas continues his assault on Canton, Ohio, as he was named to the Associated Press 2011 NFL All-Pro team on Friday.
This is the third year in a row that Thomas was named to the first-team All-Pro roster, which coincides with his fifth consecutive selection to the Pro Bowl. He was also a second-team All-Pro selection in 2008.
This might be Thomas’ most impressive year to earn these honors, as he managed to accumulate them without the other stalwart on his side of the offensive line, left guard Eric Steinbach.
As was the case with the Pro Bowl selections, the surprising omission from both the first-team and second-team All-Pro rosters is linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who had an impressive comeback season in 2011, finishing first in the AFC (and second in the NFL) in tackles. Jackson did receive two votes, however.
With this fourth consecutive selection to the NFL All-Pro team, it begs the question: will Joe Thomas go to the Hall of Fame?