PFF Immortals: Former Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas inducted into PFF Hall of Fame

Over the last 16 NFL seasons, PFF has graded every player on every play of every game to create the best source of NFL analysis available. There have been hundreds of great players over that time, but the biggest football database on the planet allows us to focus on the very best to ever do it. 

To celebrate the modern-day legends of the game, PFF has created exclusive NFTs to award to these players, the PFF immortals, who will go down as some of the greatest players in NFL history.

The No. 3 overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, Joe Thomas entered the league and almost immediately became the gold standard for left tackle play in the NFL. He never had a bad season and was an individual iron man, playing every game and every snap of his career until an injury finally sidelined him and started him into retirement over a decade into his career. 

Season PFF Overall Grade PFF Grade Rank
2017 84.7 3rd of 92
2016 87.0 3rd of 86
2015 91.5 3rd of 82
2014 90.9 3rd of 87
2013 90.2 6th of 83
2012 80.1 11th of 82
2011 77.3 19th of 78
2010 82.2 7th of 83
2009 92.9 1st of 84
2008 88.1 8th of 81
2007 84.9 7th of 77

Joe Thomas played 10,363 consecutive snaps for the Browns, the most of any player on record.

Thomas earned a pass-blocking grade above 90.0 in six of his 11 seasons and never dipped below 80.0 in his career.

He allowed 30 sacks and 253 total pressures across 11 seasons and 6,350 pass-blocking snaps despite blocking for quarterbacks who did those numbers no favors.

The worst season of his career still saw him finish in the top 20 in PFF overall grade among all tackles and post the best PFF pass-blocking grade in the league that year.

The only two tackles with a higher single-season PFF grade than Thomas are Trent Williams and Jonathan Ogden.

Thomas graded above 70.0 in 96.5% of his regular-season games, the highest rate among tackles in the PFF era. 

Thomas' 95.9 career pass-blocking grade is the best mark in the PFF era.

Since 2006, 348 tackles have played 500 or more snaps. Only three players have graded above 90.0 as a run-blocker and a pass-blocker over their careers: Thomas, Jonathan Ogden and Jason Peters.


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