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Joe Thomas: Rookie David Njoku thought I was a coach

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On a Browns roster that has been built by adding a large number of rookies in the last two drafts, the 32-year-old offensive tackle Joe Thomas stands out as an old man. But he’s not as old as one rookie teammate thinks he is.

Browns first-round tight end David Njoku met Thomas for the first time at a team event this week and thought Thomas was a coach, not a player.

“It was an honor being invited to dinner with the Browns rookies tonight,” Thomas wrote on Twitter. “Funniest moment of the night was when David Njoku asked me if I was a coach! I told him I’m a player/coach. Mostly I’ll be coaching, but you will see me playing on Sundays.”

Thomas is closer in age to some of the Browns’ coaches than he is to the 20-year-old Njoku, but Thomas has a few more good years of playing left in him.

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37 Responses to “Joe Thomas: Rookie David Njoku thought I was a coach”
  1. blah773 says: May 12, 2017 1:54 PM

    might as well be.

  2. natijim235 says: May 12, 2017 2:02 PM

    should be..someone has to!

  3. bobsacamano2 says: May 12, 2017 2:12 PM

    Joe is an absolute gem. Not only is he a great football player, but he seems to be a good guy with a good sense of humor. The Browns are lucky that he has put up with everything for his whole career. They should pay him whatever he wants until he decides to hang them up.

  4. r502 says: May 12, 2017 2:25 PM

    Put Thomas out to pasture already. The guy is becoming a running joke: the lovable loser on a moribund franchise.

  5. scoobyscraps says: May 12, 2017 2:27 PM

    Nice to see a regular, innocent story that has humor to it as opposed to the miserable negative stuff that keeps popping up.

    Thomas is a quality player. Wish he was on my team!

  6. thekillernacho says: May 12, 2017 2:28 PM

    How does he not recognize the best player on the team, LOL

  7. loudpackmatt says: May 12, 2017 2:32 PM

    njoku and thomas are both going to have great years..njoku will end up being the better miami te browns have drafted in the first round.

  8. areyouseriousrofl says: May 12, 2017 2:39 PM

    r502 says:
    May 12, 2017 2:25 PM
    Put Thomas out to pasture already. The guy is becoming a running joke: the lovable loser on a moribund franchise.

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    I think what you meant was that he HAS BECOME the most loyal NFL player of all time. Only a complete piece of trash would find a way to bad-mouth Joe Thomas.

  9. RandyinRoxbury says: May 12, 2017 2:42 PM

    Thomas is the poster child for the term “professional football player” hope he gets a chance for a ring anywhere before he retires.

  10. bobthebillsfan says: May 12, 2017 2:42 PM

    “I told him I’m a player/coach. Mostly I’ll be coaching, but you will see me playing on Sundays.”

    This sums up Joe’s career. Always trying to make the team better.

  11. ajgreenhof says: May 12, 2017 2:43 PM

    Joe Thomas is to the Browns what Andrew Whitworth was to the Bengals.

    Elite tackles who seem to be great guys off of the field as well.

    Can’t say a bad thing about the guy.

  12. paulieorkid says: May 12, 2017 2:45 PM

    Looks like the “Njoku” is on him — he was staring at a future first ballot HOF’er.

  13. topcide says: May 12, 2017 2:47 PM

    r502 says:
    May 12, 2017 2:25 PM
    Put Thomas out to pasture already. The guy is becoming a running joke: the lovable loser on a moribund franchise.

    ——————————————-

    Joe Thomas has made the pro bowl in every single season he has played in the NFL, and is the only offensive lineman in history to make it every year for their first 7 seasons.

    I guess we have a slightly different definition of loser.

  14. dudermcrbohan says: May 12, 2017 2:53 PM

    he could certainly coach them on how to deal with and accept losing every game.

  15. mrfrostyj says: May 12, 2017 3:02 PM

    He’s a player GM/coach. Remember every new regime has to get his acceptance before being hired.

    With that being said Joe Thomas is probably top 3 in greatest first round draft picks of the current millennium. Pretty good for a guy who people thought the Browns were dumb for taking because they supposedly needed a QB.

  16. jag1959 says: May 12, 2017 3:17 PM

    mrfrostyj says:
    May 12, 2017 3:02 PM

    Pretty good for a guy who people thought the Browns were dumb for taking because they supposedly needed a QB.
    ________________________

    They did and they still do but that doesn’t mean Thomas wasn’t a great pick.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 12, 2017 3:18 PM

    He looks older than a 40 year old Brady.

  18. steelerfan63 says: May 12, 2017 3:21 PM

    Joe Thomas is very overrated. He gets voted to the Pro bowl every year because voters are to lazy to watch film.

  19. cletuspstillwaterjr says: May 12, 2017 3:31 PM

    I didn’t know the Browns had a coaching staff. This is interesting news.

  20. drock36 says: May 12, 2017 3:47 PM

    Has any player lost more games than him – other than an expansion team?

  21. gbrim20 says: May 12, 2017 3:59 PM

    funny

  22. grruffgrruff says: May 12, 2017 4:03 PM

    Oh paulie, you nailed this one!!!

    paulieorkid says:

    Looks like the “Njoku” is on him — he was staring at a future first ballot HOF’er.

  23. touchdownelvis says: May 12, 2017 4:24 PM

    drock36 says:
    May 12, 2017 3:47 PM
    Has any player lost more games than him – other than an expansion team?

    Are kickers counted as players? My first thought was Morten Anderson, but even with a few extra years in there, he wasn’t able to beat out Jason Hanson, who suffered through 21 seasons with the Lions. Now, I may have miscounted somewhere, but it seems that he was on the wrong end of the scoreboard 210 times. They did make the postseason 6 times during his tenure, but… they lost every single one of those, too.

  24. elyasm says: May 12, 2017 4:36 PM

    Joe Thomas seems like such a great guy. I hope he gets an announcing job or otherwise stays in the spotlight once his playing days are through.

  25. xlivsaints says: May 12, 2017 4:43 PM

    The guy was fishing during the draft when he was selected. No respect for that.

  26. abninf says: May 12, 2017 5:26 PM

    So technically, Njoku was right.

  27. diehardfootballfan says: May 12, 2017 6:45 PM

    Njoku, never the smartest bulb on the tree. There’s a reason he left school so early.

  28. Lisa_the_Greek says: May 12, 2017 7:07 PM

    r502 says:
    May 12, 2017 2:25 PM

    Put Thomas out to pasture already. The guy is becoming a running joke: the lovable loser on a moribund franchise.
    _________________________________

    I assume you mean get him out of the league, but to whom are you speaking? Would they even have the power to do that?

    The Browns can’t put him out to pasture… another team would scoop him up quick and they’d have to pay good money to do it.

    The league can’t put him out to pasture… his track record of conduct is spotless.

    The only one who can put Joe Thomas out to pasture is Joe Thomas… and he has absolutely nothing to lose by continuing to play after spending 10 year on the Browns’ roster. Who knows, they might even pull out a winning record at some point.

  29. logast says: May 12, 2017 8:29 PM

    That’s awesome!

  30. chargerdillon says: May 13, 2017 12:12 AM

    Old Yeller is a far better story than starting and finishing your career as a Browns Hall of Famer.

  31. golions1 says: May 13, 2017 6:07 AM

    I’m surprised that the angle of this story wasn’t that somehow the league and the Browns are getting a veteran player to coach for free all week and then play on Sunday, and that somehow the union should make sure Thomas got paid to coach too.

  32. polapea says: May 13, 2017 7:08 AM

    Someway, somehow this guy needs to experience a winning team and get in the playoffs, he deserves it.

  33. mojodoa says: May 13, 2017 7:41 AM

    Can’t expect much in the intelligence category from Njoku. It was either go into the draft of fail out of Miami. Yeah, the University of Miami, that beacon of educational learning.

  34. ron69 says: May 13, 2017 9:47 AM

    He was blessed with athletic ability to be HOFer, but it tells the story about him, your invisible man that disssapear as a leader, I remember he went fishing on draft day, the most important day of your young life and you seem not to care.
    I guess nobody is perfect

  35. breadmeatcheese says: May 13, 2017 10:11 AM

    maybe it’s time to demand a trade again.

  36. mrfrostyj says: May 13, 2017 11:27 AM

    jag1959 says:
    May 12, 2017 3:17 PM

    mrfrostyj says:
    May 12, 2017 3:02 PM

    Pretty good for a guy who people thought the Browns were dumb for taking because they supposedly needed a QB.
    ________________________

    They did and they still do but that doesn’t mean Thomas wasn’t a great pick.

    _________________________

    Top QB’s in the 2007 draft = Jamarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb and Drew Stanton

    Browns were reamed for picking Thomas

    Browns went 10-6 Joe Thomas’ rookie year with Derek Anderson who was already on their roster.

    They absolutely didn’t need a QB in that draft.

  37. bkostela says: May 13, 2017 9:40 PM

    Getting sick of hearing about Joe Thomas already. The guy has as many articles about him as The Kneeler does.

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