Game 1 vs. Pittsburgh 9/9: Made his Browns debut by starting at LT…Game 2 vs. Cincinnati 9/16: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack of QB Derek Anderson and provided time for him to throw for 326 yards and 5 TDs, and RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 216 yards and 1 TD…Part of an offense that established 554 net yards (3rd highest in club history) of offense and scored 51 points (T-4th in franchise history) and 226 net yards rushing…Game 3 at Oakland 9/23: Started at LT…Game 4 vs. Baltimore 9/30: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack and allowed QB Derek Anderson to throw for 204 yards and 2 TDs…Game 5 at New England 10/7: Started at LT…Game 6 vs. Miami 10/14: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 41 points, 384 net yards of offense and allowed QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 245 yards and 3 TDs…Game 7 at St. Louis 10/28: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 368 net yards and provided QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 248 yards and 3 TDs…Game 8 vs. Seattle 11/4: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 428 net yards of offense and allowed QB Derek Anderson to throw for a career-high 364 yards passing and RB Jamal Lewis to rush for a career-high 4 rushing TDs in a 33-30 overtime win…Game 9 at Pittsburgh 11/11: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that held the Steelers defense without a sack and provided QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 3 TDs…Game 10 at Baltimore 11/18: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that helped the offense to 380 net yards of offense in a 33-30 (OT) road win…Game 11 vs. Houston 11/25: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that helped RB Jamal Lewis rush for 134 yards and 1 TD and gave QB Derek Anderson time to throw for 253 yards and 2 TDs as the offense rolled to 397 net yards of offense…Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month…Game 12 at Arizona 12/2: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line the allowed QB Derek Anderson to throw for 304 yards and 2 TDs…Game 13 at N.Y. Jets 12/9: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack of QB Derek Anderson and allowed him time to throw for 185 yards and 2 TDs, and also paved the way for RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 118 yards and 1 TD in a 24-18 road win…Game 14 vs. Buffalo 12/16: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 163 yards and the offense generated 304 net yards of offense in blizzard-like conditions…Game 15 at Cincinnati 12/23: Started at LT and was part of an offense that totaled 380 net yards of offense, including 136 net yards rushing…Game 16 vs. San Francisco 12/30: Started at LT and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for RB Jamal Lewis to rush for 128 yards and the offense overall to generate 358 total net yards of offense.
In 47 games at Wisconsin, started 37 contests at left offensive tackle and one at left defensive end…Registered 311 knockdown blocks, with 193 coming in run support…Credited with 69 TD-resulting blocks and made 56 blocks down field…Was only penalized three times on 2,571 offensive plays and has amassed an 87.39% grade for blocking consistency…Also recorded 12 tackles and a stop for a 2-yard loss and 2 QB pressures on defense…Only the fifth player in school history to be a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award (2005-06) and only the second to receive that recognition twice in a career, given to the nation’s outstanding college lineman…In 2006, became the first Wisconsin player to win the Outland Trophy, nation’s top lineman, and the first offensive lineman since Chris McIntosh in 1999 to earn Associated Press All-American first-team honors…In track, holds the school indoor record in the shot put with a 62’01¼” toss in 2005…His career-best outdoor shot put throw of 62’05¼” ranks fourth in the school’s record books…Also excelled in the classroom, twice earning ESPN Academic All-District V and Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors.
Born on Dec. 4, 1984, in Brookfield, Wisc...Son of Sally and Eric Thomas… Business major, with an emphasis in real estate and urban land economics…This past July married Annie Nelson, a former Wisconsin basketball player…Earned Academic All-Big Ten Conference and ESPN Academic All-District V honors (2004-05)…Attended Brookfield (Wisc.) Central High School, playing football…Prep Star first-team and USA Today second-team All-American offensive lineman…Rated the fourth-best offensive tackle in the nation according to Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report and ranked among top 20 offensive tackles nationally, top 25 players in the Midwest and was rated the third-best player in Wisconsin according to Rivals.com…Added Detroit Free Press All-Midwest, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team All-State honors as a defensive lineman and second-team All-State accolades as an offensive tackle as a senior…First-team All-State defensive pick by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press…Chosen 2002 WFCA Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 85 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior, and added 70 tackles and 8 sacks his junior campaign….Three-time All-Conference selection in football, lettering four times…Also lettered four times in both track and basketball…Captained the football and basketball teams his senior year and was a four-time Honor Roll student, in addition to garnering U.S. Army Academic All-American honors…In track, Thomas finished fifth in the national finals in the shot put as a junior and was second in the shot put and tenth in the discus at the 2003 Adidas Outdoor Championships…Earned All-Conference, All-Area and All-State recognition in both the shot put and discus…Won the 2003 Wisconsin state title in the shot put and discus and was the conference, regional and sectional champion in the shot put and discus during his final season…Finished fifth in the shot put at the 2002 Adidas Outdoor Championships…Placed third in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the state meet as a junior...Was the sectional and conference champion in the shot put and discus that year.
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