What did Joe Thomas have to say about being four snaps from 10,000 consecutive in his Pro Bowl career? Here’s the Q&A on the topic with the Cleveland Browns‘ left tackle — who has not missed a play since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft — and the media on Thursday:
How does it hit you to be four snaps from 10,000 in a row?
Joe Thomas: “I don’t really think about it too much. People have asked me more about it as I have gotten closer. It is hard to quantify. I don’t know. It’s kind of a weird thing to even think about.”
Is there anything else in your life you have done or come close to doing 10,000 times?
Thomas: “That is a good question. I don’t know. I’m sure there are plenty of boring things that I do, like maybe open car doors or something, but nothing as exciting as playing 10,000 snaps.”
Have any of those snaps meant more than others because you were playing through an injury?
Thomas: “The only time that I really questioned if I could still play was against Pittsburgh in 2012 [in the season finale]. I tore my LCL [lateral collateral ligament], heard the pop and was in pain and had to really try to test it a little bit to see if I could continue to play. Other than that, it is just your garden-variety pain and anguish that you go through in certain games and with certain injuries, but I think that is probably the one that sticks out the most in my head as far as ones that were close to not knowing if I was going to be able to play.”
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