Joe Thomas announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons

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Joe Thomas announced his retirement Wednesday.

One of the best offensive linemen of the last decade, Thomas was a perennial Pro Bowler during his 11 NFL seasons — all of which he spent with the Cleveland Browns. Before going pro, Thomas was a star tackle at Wisconsin.

Joe Thomas announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in a press release. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.

“From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe. I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of the fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them from the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”

Here’s Thomas’ full retirement announcement.

Thomas was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and he was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 NFL seasons. He played 10,363 consecutive snaps before having his streak broken last season.

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