Future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas answers a few quick questions about the Cleveland Browns and how he feels about the team he retired from
While this offseason has been a lot of fun for Cleveland Browns fans as they have brought in some great players, one of the best ever left the franchise as well.
Left tackle Joe Thomas made 10 Pro Bowls for the Browns after they took him third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. He was an iron-man with 10,363 consecutive snaps before finally suffering a triceps injury that ended his 2017 season, and unfortunately his career.
Thomas hung up his cleats, saying he was done with the game. Browns fans will always remember him fondly as he constantly gave it his all, and despite their losing ways, the big guy never asked for an out.
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He was incredibly loyal, and we were able to ask him about that as Thomas answered a few questions recently about his career, what he will miss and how the Browns look now.
DPD: The thing Cleveland fans have to admire most about you is you stuck it out your whole career, even when it wasn’t easy. What made you so loyal to the Browns?
"Thomas: I love cleveland, fell in love with the fans, and felt a duty to the franchise to be apart of the turnaround."
DPD: How hard is it going to be not being on the field in 2018? And what will you miss most?
"Thomas: It’s going to be tough, but my body is telling me I can’t do it anymore, so it’s nice having those pains and aches to keep you from second guessing yourself! Miss the locker room most."
DPD: Does the team have your old position covered?
"Thomas: I think Shon Coleman is the favorite. I like him"
DPD: What’s your opinion on the quarterback situation, and is Baker Mayfield the long term answer?
"Thomas: Baker is going to be awesome, but it’s Tyrod’s team this season."
DPD: And lastly, looking at the Browns roster now, how do you feel they’re going to do in 2018? Are they finally heading in the right direction?
"Thomas: They made some great moves, and I think they’ll win 8 games or more this year."
We want to thank Joe Thomas, not only for taking the time to speak with us, but also for how hard he fought each and every snap to make the Browns a better team.
He was a pleasure to watch, and there will be nothing but good stuff in the future for him.