BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The countdown to Canton is officially on.
Former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is among 129 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023.
Thomas, who retired following the 2017 season, was inducted into the Browns Legends program Sunday. His consecutive snap streak of 10,363 was placed in the Ring of Honor that adorns the façade of the upper deck at FirstEnergy Stadium in 2018.
Since his retirement, no one has worn Thomas’ No. 73.
Thomas was a 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All Pro. He played in 167 consecutive games before tearing his left triceps tendon against Tennessee in October 2017 ending his snaps streak and career.
Thomas was named the Browns’ Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2010, 2012 and 2016. He was a finalist for the league award in 2012.
The local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America named the Player of the Year award in Thomas’ honor at his retirement ceremony. He won that award as a player twice in 2014 and 2016. He was named the Dino Lucarelli Good Guy award winner for his work in the community and cooperation with the media twice as well – in 2010 and 2013.
In November, the list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists and 15 finalists will be revealed in January with the class of 2023 to be voted on and announced Super Bowl weekend.