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Published: March 14, 2018 at 03:54 p.m.

Joe Thomas Through the Years

Joe Thomas was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the third-overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin. He's a 10-time Pro Bowler and six-time First Team All-Pro.

Thomas played every offensive snap for the Browns from his rookie season through Week 7 in 2017, when he sustained a torn triceps that ended his streak at 10,363 consecutive snaps. His Iron Man stretch, which consisted of 167 consecutive games, is believed to be the longest consecutive snaps streak in NFL history.

Hear Joe Thomas message on Twitter on his retirement from the league. “It’s been an amazing ride for the last 11 years.”

28 Photos Total

  • Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) goes up against Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) during NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Cleveland.

<br><br> Prior to suffering a season-ending torn triceps injury in Week 7, 2017 vs the Titans, Thomas had never missed an NFL game in his career Thomas started 167 straight games before the injury, per NFL Research. 28

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    T.J. Watt, Joe Thomas

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) goes up against Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) during NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Cleveland.

    Prior to suffering a season-ending torn triceps injury in Week 7, 2017 vs the Titans, Thomas had never missed an NFL game in his career Thomas started 167 straight games before the injury, per NFL Research.

  • Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) holds his helmet in the air as he celebrates while walking off the field after the Browns win the NFL week 10 regular season football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 in Cincinnati.

<br><br> Thomas was a 6-time First-Team All Pro in his 11-year career, per NFL Research. 27

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) holds his helmet in the air as he celebrates while walking off the field after the Browns win the NFL week 10 regular season football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 in Cincinnati.

    Thomas was a 6-time First-Team All Pro in his 11-year career, per NFL Research.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) before the start of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. 26

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) before the start of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Cleveland Browns 2007 NFL draft first round pick [3rd overall] Joe Thomas (center) is flanked by head coach Romeo Crennel, left, and general Manager Phil Savage during a press conference in Berea, Ohio.

<br><br> In Thomas' 11 seasons, the Browns went 48-128, which is the worst record by a player's team over their tenure with that team since 1970, per NFL Research. 25

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    Joe Thomas, Romeo Crennel, Phil Savage

    Cleveland Browns 2007 NFL draft first round pick [3rd overall] Joe Thomas (center) is flanked by head coach Romeo Crennel, left, and general Manager Phil Savage during a press conference in Berea, Ohio.

    In Thomas' 11 seasons, the Browns went 48-128, which is the worst record by a player's team over their tenure with that team since 1970, per NFL Research.

  • Cleveland Browns NFL football first round draft pick (3rd overall) Joe Thomas handles some fish that were caught on a fishing charter boat Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Port Washington, Wis. Thomas spent the day fishing with his dad instead of attending the draft in New York. 24

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns NFL football first round draft pick (3rd overall) Joe Thomas handles some fish that were caught on a fishing charter boat Saturday, April 28, 2007, in Port Washington, Wis. Thomas spent the day fishing with his dad instead of attending the draft in New York.

  • Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas waits to enter the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. Browns coach Hue Jackson said if the team ever considers trading Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, "I'm going with him." Jackson praised the reliable Thomas on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, when the 9-time Pro Bowler was named the team's nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for the third time. 23

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns' Joe Thomas waits to enter the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. Browns coach Hue Jackson said if the team ever considers trading Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, "I'm going with him." Jackson praised the reliable Thomas on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, when the 9-time Pro Bowler was named the team's nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for the third time.

  • Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas watches the first half of an NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Cleveland. Thomas played a consecutive 10,363 snaps before an injury earlier in the season. 22

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas watches the first half of an NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Cleveland. Thomas played a consecutive 10,363 snaps before an injury earlier in the season.

  • Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) rushes against Joe Thomas (73) of the Cleveland Browns during a week eleven NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Cleveland. 21

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    Jadeveon Clowney, Joe Thomas

    Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) rushes against Joe Thomas (73) of the Cleveland Browns during a week eleven NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas looks out toward the ocean during the NFL football Pro Bowl draft, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, Kapolei, Hawa.

<br><br> Thomas is a 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas is 1 of 5 players in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons [Barry Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, Mel Renfro and Merlin Olsen], per NFL Research. 20

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas looks out toward the ocean during the NFL football Pro Bowl draft, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, Kapolei, Hawa.

    Thomas is a 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas is 1 of 5 players in NFL history to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons [Barry Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, Mel Renfro and Merlin Olsen], per NFL Research.

  • Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) face-off on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 in Baltimore. 19

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    C.J. Mosley, Joe Thomas

    Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) face-off on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 in Baltimore.

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye (9) looks to pass as Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) wards off Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel in his first career game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, in Cleveland. 18

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    Joe Thomas, Brett Keisel

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Charlie Frye (9) looks to pass as Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) wards off Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel in his first career game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks Cincinnati Bengals defensive ends Justin Smith (90) and Robert Geathers (91) on, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Cincinnati. 17

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    Joe Thomas, Justin Smith, Robert Geathers

    Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks Cincinnati Bengals defensive ends Justin Smith (90) and Robert Geathers (91) on, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Cincinnati.

  • Offensive lineman Joe Thomas, of Wisconsin, runs the 40-yard dash during workouts at the NFL Combine on Feb 24, 2007 in Indianapolis. 16

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    Joe Thomas

    Offensive lineman Joe Thomas, of Wisconsin, runs the 40-yard dash during workouts at the NFL Combine on Feb 24, 2007 in Indianapolis.

  • Offensive tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the American Football Conference AFC All-Stars Cleveland Browns catches a pass at practice the day before the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 7, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

<br><br> No player has made more Pro Bowls than Joe Thomas since he entered the NFL in 2007 (tied with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald), per NFL Research. 15

    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    Joe Thomas

    Offensive tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the American Football Conference AFC All-Stars Cleveland Browns catches a pass at practice the day before the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 7, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    No player has made more Pro Bowls than Joe Thomas since he entered the NFL in 2007 (tied with Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald), per NFL Research.

  • Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) of Team Carter rushes against Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) of Team Irvin during the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. Watt and Thomas both played at the University of Wisconsin. 14

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    J.J. Watt, Joe Thomas

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) of Team Carter rushes against Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) of Team Irvin during the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. Watt and Thomas both played at the University of Wisconsin.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) battles with Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji (90) on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Cleveland. 13

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    Joe Thomas, B.J. Raji

    Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) battles with Green Bay Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji (90) on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) pitches the ball to running back Peyton Hillis (40) as guard Jason Pinkston (62) and offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) block against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in Oakland, Calif. 12

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    Colt McCoy, Peyton Hillis, Joe Thomas, Jason Pinkston

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (12) pitches the ball to running back Peyton Hillis (40) as guard Jason Pinkston (62) and offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) block against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in Oakland, Calif.

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, 2nd from the right, poses with the Walter Payton NFL Men of the Year finalists before an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game news conference at the New Orleans Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. in New Orleans. They are (L-R) Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns. 11

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    Roger Goodell, Larry Fitzgerald, Jason Witten, Joe Thomas

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, 2nd from the right, poses with the Walter Payton NFL Men of the Year finalists before an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game news conference at the New Orleans Convention Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. in New Orleans. They are (L-R) Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) pass blocks during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Oakland. 10

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) pass blocks during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Oakland.

  • Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during an NFL football game on Thursday Nov. 10, 2016 in Baltimore. 9

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    Joe Thomas, Terrell Suggs

    Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during an NFL football game on Thursday Nov. 10, 2016 in Baltimore.

  • Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas sits with his wife, Annie, and daughter, Logan, after the opening practice at an NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. 8

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas sits with his wife, Annie, and daughter, Logan, after the opening practice at an NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Berea, Ohio.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) run blocks during an NFL football game against Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Pittsburgh. 7

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) run blocks during an NFL football game against Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Pittsburgh.

  • Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas talks with reporters after an off-season practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, May 21, 2014. 6

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas talks with reporters after an off-season practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

  • Offensive lineman Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns watches the action from the sidelines against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on August 30, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. 5

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    Joe Thomas

    Offensive lineman Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns watches the action from the sidelines against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on August 30, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) runs on the field in introductions during a week 4 NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, September 29, 2013. 4

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    Joe Thomas

    Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) runs on the field in introductions during a week 4 NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

  • Wisconsin's Joe Thomas (72) pretends to chop down a goalpost with the Paul Bunyan Axe after a football game against Minnesota Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Madison, Wisc. 3

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    Joe Thomas

    Wisconsin's Joe Thomas (72) pretends to chop down a goalpost with the Paul Bunyan Axe after a football game against Minnesota Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in Madison, Wisc.

  • Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas (72) blocks for running back Brian Calhoun (2) during their game against Michigan on Sept. 24, 2005 in Madison, Wis.

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    Joe Thomas, Brian Calhoun

    Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas (72) blocks for running back Brian Calhoun (2) during their game against Michigan on Sept. 24, 2005 in Madison, Wis. \\

  • Green Bay Packers fans Mary Speinkraus, of Germantown, Wis. shows her allegiance to both the Packers and her nephew Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas before an NFL preseason football game on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Green Bay, Wis. 1

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    Mary Speinkraus

    Green Bay Packers fans Mary Speinkraus, of Germantown, Wis. shows her allegiance to both the Packers and her nephew Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas before an NFL preseason football game on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Green Bay, Wis.