Joe Thomas will not only go down as one of the best offensive lineman in NFL history, but he will also be remembered as one of the best players to ever wear a Cleveland Browns uniform.
His stellar play on the field, his work charitable work away from the field and his loyalty to the city of Cleveland and the Browns organization made him a fan favorite. Although Thomas retired having only played on one winning team in his 11-year career — the Browns went 10-6 in 2007 — the veteran left tackle gave his all to Cleveland.
The city will now return the favor to the 10-time Pro-Bowler, as July 3 will not be known as “Joe Thomas Day” in Cleveland.
The city of Cleveland made the announcement on Twitter:
We wish you well on your retirement, sir!
— City of Cleveland (@CityofCleveland) March 15, 2018
Thomas wore No. 73 for the Browns for his entire career, a number which will likely be retired one day.
Thomas ends is his professional playing career with an NFL record 10,363 consecutive snaps played and is a shoe-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.