Joe Thomas successfully underwent season ending surgery yesterday after tearing his triceps in Sunday’s game against the Titans. After 11 years and 10,363 consecutive snaps played, the only pick the Browns have ever gotten right will sit his first game this Sunday in London against the Vikings.
It’ll be weird seeing the Browns line up on the field Sunday without number 73 holding down the offensive line, but I, for one, couldn’t be happier for Joe. Sure, he’s had an unparalleled level of success during his tenure in Cleveland, but being the best player on the Browns is like being the best cashier at Sears. The work is worthwhile and you’re customer service is unmatched, but your organization has no plan for the future and just hired another young assistant manager, the 16th since you’ve been there.
No football player should have to endure what Joe has gone through. Since being drafted by the Browns in 2007, the Browns are a mere 48-119, a winning percentage of 24.3%. Joe was even quoted this year saying that he’s blocked for QB’s that he hadn’t yet met before they broke the huddle. That level of mediocrity is a cruel, Hell-like punishment for a player who by all accounts is just an all around great guy.
Prison guards in Guantanamo wouldn’t even offer their inmates a punishment similar to what Joe has gone through, so I thought I’d compile a quick list of things I’d rather do 10,363 times than play 10,363 consecutive snaps for the Cleveland Browns:
- Rent 10,363 cars from Avis
- Lay 10,363 eggs like a bird
- Somersault 10,363 times through a rose garden
- Wait 10,363 minutes for my soup to cool
- Stub my toe $10,363 times against a metal bed frame
- Accidentally push a pull door 10,363 times
- Seal 10,363 envelopes with my tongue
- Have to blow on a Nintendo 64 cartridge to get it to work 10,363 times
- Eat 10,363 marshmallows, marshmallows are trash
- Sit through 10,363 operas based off of “To Kill A Mocking Bird”
- Scramble 10,363 eggs without burning a single one
- Hear a flight attendant explain the Spirit Airlines Rewards Program 10,363 times
- Listen to someone tell me I can’t get tickets to Hamilton 10,363 times
All of this being said, I truly feel for Joe. He’s stuck out his time in Cleveland in an era where players want nothing more than max contracts and championships. He’s better than this football team deserves, and hope he recovers as quickly as possible. Then, for his sake, he may want to ask for a trade…just a thought Joe.