Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

All-Pro Offensive Tackle

Joe Thomas is a former offensive tackle who spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns (2007-2017). Thomas is a six-time All-Pro and was named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team.

A 10-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle, Thomas played 11 seasons with the Browns after being selected with the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. During his first 10 seasons with the Browns, Thomas played in every game and never missed a snap after earning the starting left tackle job as a rookie.

In his final season, Thomas’ streak of consecutive snaps played ended at 10,363, which is the longest streak recorded since snaps played were counted. Thomas announced his retirement following the 2017 NFL season. During the 2018 season, the Browns added the number 10,363 to the Ring of Honor, commemorating Thomas’ milestone consecutive snaps played streak. 

A Wisconsin native, Thomas played four seasons at the University of Wisconsin from 2003-06. During his time at the University of Wisconsin, Thomas earned first-team All-American honors in 2006 and won the Outland Trophy as college football’s top interior lineman.

Thomas was born and raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin. A true football player, Thomas played right tackle, defensive end, tight end, fullback, kicker and punter at Brookfield Central High School. 

Since retiring in 2017, Thomas has appeared on NFL Network for pre-game and post-game shows. 


Now You Know: Situational Football Doomed Browns in Week 2

Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer Joe Thomas watched the Browns’ historic collapse against the New York Jets in person on Sunday. And in the latest ‘Now You Know’ segment for The 33rd Team, the former All-Pro tackle breaks down what exactly went wrong for Cleveland in the fateful final 1:55 of game play, where the […]


How Tom Brady Makes His Offensive Line Look Great

Future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe Thomas isn’t surprised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line looked good against the Dallas Cowboys. The reason? Tom Brady. The preseason and training camp was hard on the Buccaneers’ offensive line since they lost two starters to injury. Despite that, Brady continues to lift up the team and […]

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Monday Night Opener: It’s All About Russell Wilson

Monday Night Football may have plenty of sub-plots and storylines people can focus on tonight, but for many, the game is all about one name: Russell Wilson, and his return to Seattle. Joe Thomas previews tonight’s game between Wilson’s new Broncos team and his former Seahawks team and is excited to see the chess match […]


It’s Easy to Imagine the Bills Winning the Super Bowl

Joe Thomas previews Thursday’s NFL Kickoff game between the Bills and the Rams and explains why Buffalo’s offense is in good shape to succeed despite losing its coordinator in the offseason. Thomas also believes the addition of pass rusher Von Miller could make all the difference for the Bills on defense. “A lot of the defense […]


Lions’ Hutchinson Proving He Should Have Been No. 1 Pick

The 33rd Team contributor Joe Thomas dives into what makes Detroit Lions rookie pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson so talented and why his game will translate to NFL success. Thomas had Hutchinson as his No. 1 player in the 2022 draft; the Lions got him at No. 2. “He might start a little bit slow when […]


Outside Zone Running Makes Titans’ Henry, Colts’ Taylor Special

Who are the best running backs in the NFL? Former Cleveland Browns All-Pro tackle and The 33rd Team contributor Joe Thomas details why he believes Derrick Henry and Jonathan Taylor are the cream of the crop, and why he would have enjoyed blocking for them. “Their ability to accelerate and reach top speed and run […]


Browns Still Have Playoff Path, Even With Watson Suspended

Even without quarterback Deshaun Watson for most of the season, Joe Thomas believes his former team still has a path to the playoffs. Thomas is a big believer in Cleveland’s defense and ground game. Anything above .500 through Watson’s 11-game suspension, Thomas reasons, could be enough for the Browns to navigate the remainder of the […]

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