This Sunday, when the Cleveland Browns take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, starting tackle Joe Thomas will extend his already incredible streak of consecutive snaps played, which is currently at 10,062. Barring an unlikely injury for the six-foot-six, 312-pound Wisconsin alum, his streak will go well north of 10,100.
Thomas was drafted by Cleveland in 2007 and has remained a part of the factory of sadness since, despite never even sniffing the playoffs and playing for just one winning team, his rookie season in 2007 (when they missed the playoffs at 10-6). Through all of this, he's protected a staggering 19 different starting quarterbacks. 19! A list that includes greats like Seneca Wallace, Charlie Frye, Thad Lewis and Connor Shaw.
Not once has Thomas ever complained, in fact, he has a pretty good sense of humor about the whole thing. He joined the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to discuss his 10,000+ consecutive snaps record, and revealed just how crazy the QB situation has been at times during his tenure on the O-line:
And the craziest part about this is, he's not referring to one of the 19 starters. The Browns have also had a myriad of QBs who have had to come in for relief, thus not receiving the "starter" label. Once again, it's a list that includes greats like Kevin Hogan, Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Johnson, who Thomas later said he was referring to:
Bless your heart Joe Thomas, you poor bastard.