Cleveland Browns Honor Joe Thomas Sunday vs. Chargers

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Sep 17, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas (73) listens to the national anthem before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns will honor their future Pro Football Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Browns will enshrine the number 10,363 into the team’s Ring of Honor. Thomas played that many consecutive snaps without missing a play. The streaks came to an end last season due to a tricep injury suffered in the Tennessee Titans game. The injury ended his 2017 season and eventually his NFL playing carer. Thomas announced his retirement in March, 2018.

It was at the retirement announcement owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam would enshrine the number 10,363 into the Ring of Honor. The only question that needed answered is the date of the ceremony. The answer is October 14.

The Ring of Honor debuted in 2010. Thomas’ streak is the first entry into the Ring of Honor since the franchise returned to the league in 1999. The ceremony takes place before the Chargers game. Thomas’ last victory as a Browns player took place against the Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016.

“I am extremely humbled by this honor,” Thomas said. “The snap streak was not something I set out to accomplish. All I ever wanted to do was to be there for my teammates and always do everything I possibly could to help this team win. It was important to always get back up and get in the huddle even when it wasn’t easy. For that number – 10,363 – to be forever on display in FirstEnergy Stadium among the likes of all-time greats like Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Lou Groza is something I take great pride in.”

Browns fans will also have the opportunity to enjoy the special day for the fan favorite. The Browns will distribute 10,363 Joe Thomas bobblehead dolls before Sunday’s game.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland Browns Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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