Joe Thomas about to hit 10,000 consecutive snaps

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Joe Thomas long ago earned the title of NFL Iron Man. He has never missed a game since the Browns made him the third overall pick in 2007.

In fact, the left tackle has never missed a play in starting all 161 games.

He has played 9,996 consecutive snaps, believed to be the longest such streak in NFL history, and will hit 10,000 early in Sunday’s game. (Imagine if he had played with a good offense all those years what his play count might total. As it is, the Browns have averaged 62 offensive snaps per game in his 11 seasons.)

“He is amazing,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said, via quotes distributed by the team. “You guys know how I feel about Joe Thomas. What he has done and how he has done it is remarkable to me. We are talking about a guy who has never missed a snap. That is kind of unheard of. I see guys come out for things where I go, ‘Whoa.’ Now, it amazes me if anybody ever comes out of a game having been around Joe Thomas and seeing what he has done. I think our players see that, too. I think a lot of that rubs off in our locker room. You talk about a guy who is an iron man? That is a true iron man. That is truly what it is all about.”

Thomas remains at the top of his game, having earned Pro Bowl honors in every season. He allowed only one pressure in last week’s game, a sack by Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt, in 41 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

16 responses to “Joe Thomas about to hit 10,000 consecutive snaps

  1. Casey Wiegmann, the old Chief and Bronco who played just a few years back, played over 11,000 consecutive snaps. I remember seeing that on rotoworld and so I looked it up, and sure enough.

    Still though, major props to Thomas!

  2. Luckily the other guy that was drafted in the first round with him held out (because he didn’t know he was a terrible QB I guess) so he actually does know what it’s like to play with a top 10 offense since they were 8th his rookie year and went 10-6.

  3. Doubt he’d have more. 62 plays a game that are usually dead at the line of scrimmage is what made this possible. If he had to sprint down field making multiple blocks on more plays a game this wouldn’t even be a story

  4. Most overrated player In pro football since Lavar Arrington. Teams consistently stink. Offensive line stunk even when they had Mack at Center. Gave up two sacks to a back up and rookie on Sunday. OVER RATED. Durable is nice but this guy is average at best.

  5. Joe Thomas is the model lineman- every team wants five of him!

    Every team that drafts an OL in the first 10 picks expects another Joe Thomas. But it’s not happened since….

  6. Hate on haters. Joe Thomas is one of very, very few legendary bright spots that we Browns fans have been able to enjoy since 1999. Josh Cribbs deserves honorable mention in that discussion too. These guys play with a passion for the game and the fans even if the rest of the team and front office didn’t.

    Joe Thomas for Mayor!

  7. Most overrated player In pro football since Lavar Arrington. Teams consistently stink. Offensive line stunk even when they had Mack at Center. Gave up two sacks to a back up and rookie on Sunday. OVER RATED. Durable is nice but this guy is average at best.
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    Right.

    9x All Pro in 10 pro seasons.

    Just terrible. No wonder they can’t win.

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