Joe Thomas: Class of 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame snapshot
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Joe Thomas: Class of 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame snapshot

May 10, 2024

Joe Thomas, shown in 2017, his final year.AP

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Joe Thomas started 167 of 167 games and was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Class of 2023 profiles: Today we are feature a snapshot of each individual being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton in the order they will be inducted. Enshrinement starts at noon Saturday, Aug. 5, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Class of 2023: Rondé Barber, Don Coryell, Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko, Darrelle Revis, Ken Riley, Joe Thomas, Zach Thomas, DeMarcus Ware.

Born: Dec. 4, 1984, in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Speech order: Ninth.

Presenter: Annie Thomas, his wife.

Induction: Player.

Position: Offensive tackle.

College: Wisconsin.

Draft: First round, 2007.

Teams and years played: 11 – Cleveland Browns, 2007-17.

Jersey: 73.

The knock: Walter Jones – a favorite player of Thomas’ when he came into the league - knocked on Thomas’ door to tell him he was elected to the hall. Thomas once predicted Jones would wind up in the Hall of Fame; Jones was elected in 2014.

Special artifact in the hall: Shoes that commemorate Thomas’ record 10,363 consecutive snaps played and a guitar neck linked to his role as “Dawg Pound” captain for a game in 2022.

Quote: “I had really high expectations for myself and I remember after one of our rookie minicamp practices, the Cleveland media was there to interview me and I said, ‘Well, my first goal is I want to be a starter.’ That’s reasonable. You’re the third pick in the draft. You should probably be a starter pretty soon, maybe tomorrow. And then I said, ‘I want to make the Pro Bowl and then I want to be a Hall of Famer.’ " - Thomas during an NFL Network interview this year. Source:

About Thomas in 50 words: Teammates and fans loved him from the moment he went fishing in lieu of attending the Draft to his iron-man legacy of the snap streak. A fastidious preparer, he was the first offensive lineman in league history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons.

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