Joe Thomas Quotes.
Goodbye not because I’m retiring, but because I’m merely changing jobs. From being your left tackle to being the No. 1 fan of the Cleveland Browns.
But I do hope that medicine continues to improve and, in 10 years maybe, they’ll be able to fix my body better than they did for the poor guys who are crippled up from playing in the NFL in the ’60s and the ’70s.
You have to be able to process 1,000 things that are happening at one time and be able to decide the right technique to use. And have the reaction between what your eyes are seeing and what your hands and feet need to do.
I was always the 250 pound guy that I was when I was 18 years old coming out of high school.
I’d like to play as long as I still love the game, as long as I’m still feeling healthy and playing well so a team would want me to play for them.
The passion, toughness and determination that you display on a daily basis is an inspiration for myself and for all of my teammates and all the people that wear ‘Cleveland’ across their chest.
I’m not sure I really want to step into the booth.
The last person to teach me how to act was my A-level Theatre Studies teacher at school, which I literally still draw on. Got an A!
It’s just a matter of sometimes the CTE in your brain affects what happens in your life… and sometimes… it does not.
I want to learn more about the game as a whole and about the finer points of technique across the line of scrimmage. I want to learn more about coverages and blitzes so I can kind of see the game before it happens.
I still spend my time feeling sorry for myself and making serious mistakes.
It would be like when the Cubs won the World Series. Everybody in the country has probably been cheering for them for so long because they’ve been suffering for so long. And you want to cheer for teams like the Browns.
Who cares if they throw a football that has no air pressure? What does it matter? Why don’t we let the quarterbacks do whatever they want to the football? I don’t understand why there’s any rules.
At university, I said to a girl, ‘Before I met you all I could think about was history; now, all I can think about is you’. I thought that was the sort of thing you had to say.
I’m hired to do a job. They expect me to do a job, and that job requires me to get my butt up and get back to the huddle, get the play and go do it another time. And until I can’t physically get up, I’m going to do that.
You don’t need to over-dramatise life, you can just reflect it. It’s more interesting, in a way, if it appears to ring true.
We cannot just be nonracist. We really do need to be antiracist.
David Bakhtiari is a guy I like to watch. He’s an exceptional left tackle.
Most period drama is so earnest. A lot of it is about making yourself take seriously things you wouldn’t normally.
If you look historically at the draft at quarterbacks in the top 10, about half of them flame out very quickly.
Behavior is individual and projecting an individual behavior upon an entire race is a version of racism. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes: imagine what it would be like going thru life having this type of projection on you.
I’m a Clevelander. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’ Because it would be such a special story.
Even though you wouldn’t want to line a D-lineman and running back up across from each other to block, when you get help initially from the guard, and then the defensive tackle gets picked up by the running back, it’s not as bad as a lot of people would think versus if you’re just putting that matchup on paper.
If I was a stone mason or if I was a painter or building bridges or whatever, there’s going to be some wear and tear on your body and your brain. And that’s just the way it is.
You just don’t eat until you feel like you’re gonna throw up at every meal and all of a sudden the weight falls right off.
I think offensive linemen generally took the weight room and the workouts much more seriously, because we saw that it was a vital part of our training. We needed to be big and strong, and our muscles needed to be in good shape to handle the beatings.
Playing in front of the greatest fans in the NFL is easily the greatest honor that I’ve had in my 11-year career. I hope I was able to make you guys proud in the way that I was always proud when I told people boldly that ‘I am a Cleveland Brown.’
Even though you strive for perfection, you’re never going to play the perfect game.
I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to be able to enjoy an afternoon fishing with my dad which is something we had done growing up a ton of times on Lake Michigan and it was funny that it kind of turned into an attention thing than I expected and even more than if I would have gone to the draft.
I was more eager to lose weight than almost anything in retirement.
The idea of going to New York for five days and kinda being paraded around by the NFL as they make money off your every step, and the whole purpose is just for publicity for me to stand there in a suit and go, ‘Look at me everybody!’… That sounds horrible.
I’m a Cleveland Brown, that’s who I am and I’m not going to change allegiances just to get a Super Bowl title. I want to do it as a Cleveland Brown because that’s who I am.
So, there’s no guarantee in the NFL that if you’ve got the No. 1 pick or you’ve got a top-five pick, that you’re going to be able to draft a franchise quarterback.
In order to spur progress, we all need to be people who point out and shine a spotlight on racism wherever we see it. It doesn’t always have to be confrontational, but it does need to become the societal norm that racism is identified and not tolerated in any form or fashion.
I did a history degree once.
I’m not a huge offensive lineman.
Until they study the general population and find out what the likelihood of CTE in a soccer mom is versus an NFL brain, we really have no baseline to rate this study off of.
When the game gets eyeballs in newspapers and on TV, that’s what in the end is the goal for everyone.
I can hardly think of any players that have really walked out of their own volition while there were still teams that really wanted them at a fair price.
I can say confidently that I don’t think Austin Corbett is going to play tackle in the NFL.
I love Cleveland. I really do. I love the Browns, I love being a part of this organization, and it’s been kind of my career’s mission to help turn this team around into a consistent winner.
I really had to train myself to eat like a maniac really four or five meals a day until I felt sick, just to keep the weight on.
Your run blocking looks pretty similar to what the pass blocking looks like when you’re going with the play-action pass. So you really do have an opportunity to get really good at it quickly.
The Browns have unbelievable medical resources. I’m always seeking the best help and advice possible. I’ll continue to do that even when my career is over.
I live in a flat in central London. I do like it there; there’s always stuff going on. But I do crave a bit of peace and quiet.