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Joe Thomas, Loyal Lineman

The offensive lineman wants to be there when the Cleveland Browns become the Chicago Cubs. He'll have earned it -- the likely Hall of Famer has never missed a snap.

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Video: Joe Thomas knows the pain of losing

Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has excelled for the Cleveland Browns, but how long is he willing to stick around in order to start winning? ESPN senior writer Liz Merrill offers some insight.

Quotes from Joe Thomas:

  • "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. 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.”
  • "One of the positives of having a young team is they don't get discouraged like veterans do. Rookies, they don't know what they don't know. For instance, in years past, when we've had more veteran teams, if we started 0-8 or something like that, there [would have been] a mutiny. But these guys are still in summer camp. They come in with energy. They're happy and eager to learn every single day.”
  •  "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.”

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016