Joe Thomas Celebrity LifeEarly Life
Born on the 4th of December, 1984, Joseph Hayden Thomas, aka "Joe" Thomas, is an American National Football League (NFL) player, now retired from professional football. He played offensive tackle in his entire career of 11 seasons with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
His birthplace is Brookfield, Wisconsin, and his parents are Eric and Sally Thomas. His schooling was at Brookfield Central High, where he played on the football team, the Brookfield Central Lancers, as a right tackle, defensive end, fullback, tight end, placekicker, and punter.
Being listed in the top 20 national offensive tackles, he was also listed as second-team All America offensive guard by USA Today.
His early credits also include being noticed as the second-team all-state offensive guard as a junior, and he has received first-team all-state honors on the defensive end from the Association of Football Coaches of Wisconsin.
This association named him "Defensive Player of the Year" in 2002 as well.
Besides his clear ability in football, Thomas showed promise in academics as well.
Being a four-year honor roll student, he was also a member of the United States Army Academic All-America team, playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2003.
He has been regarded as a four-star recruit and was ranked at number 18 as an offensive tackle prospective player in 2003's class.
His recruitment was sought after by Wisconsin, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Colorado, but eventually, Thomas chose his home state of Wisconsin in 2003.
His other athletic feats include setting a record in the shot put and discus throw for his school. He achieved letters four times in both track and field events, making his school proud.
The University of Wisconsin was Thomas' choice, where he played for the football team, the Wisconsin Badgers. In his freshman year, he played as a blocking tight end - this was during the 2003 season of college football.
The year 2004 saw him in action in all 12 games at left tackle - this helped the ground game of the team with Anthony Davis and Matt Bernstein playing backfield.
The year 2005 was the one in which Barry Alvarez, the Badgers' head coach, saw his last season. In that year, Thomas started all 13 games at the left tackle position of play. He was named a first-team All American by Pro Football Weekly.
The team was invited to play against Auburn at the Capital One Bowl - the Badgers won 24 -10. Nonetheless, Thomas' ACL tore, playing defensive end. The Badgers completed the season in 15th place in the national rankings.
Thomas returned to Wisconsin for his final year of study. In 2006, his final season, there were many great expectations from him. He played as offensive captain of the team, and started all 13 games, blocking for P.J.Hill, Jr., who went on to complete 1500 rushing yards.
The Badgers prevailed against the Razorbacks of Arkansas, winning by a score of 17-14. The team ended the season 12-1. Thomas attained a degree in business administration at the University of Wisconsin.
Professional Football with the Cleveland Browns
Thomas was drafted with the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL Draft of 2007. He signed a contract for six years, at $43 million, with a guarantee of $23 million.
He soon became one of the best performing players of the draft class of 2007, being given the title of "Rookie of the Month" by the NFL in November of 2007.
In the second season, Thomas started each game for the Cleveland Browns. His career with the Browns lasted till 2018 when he announced his retirement.
Legacy and Achievements
Thomas has a record of 128 losses and 48 wins, yet he is the one bright spark in the NFL history of the Cleveland Browns. He played close to 10, 300 consecutive snaps - possibly the longest streak from when snaps were counted from 1999 onward).
He was voted to ten Pro Bowls, seven first-team All-Pro selections, and two-second team All-Pro selections in the span of his record eleven seasons. By all accounts, professionals regard him as one of the best-left tackles in the history of the NFL, and the best offensive lineman of all time.
He has been noticed for his unconventional style of playing, using a unique method, akin to "shot putting" to kick off the line. He will be eligible for the NFL Hall of Fame in the year 2023.
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