Joe Thomas to younger Browns players: “We could be legends”

When the Cavs went to the finals, that was cool, but this is such a football town, it would mean so much to everybody. It would be unbelievable. That’s one of those things that I try to talk to the young guys about and let them understand how important this team is to this city. We could be legends if we bring this organization back to where it was a couple decades ago, or even win a Super Bowl. You’d never buy another drink, you’d never buy another dinner the rest of your life if you won a Super Bowl here. Those are the things having Chud — who grew up here — is great because he can help relate the passion and the intensity of the Cleveland Browns fans to this team.

— Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, in an interview with ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, discussing what a Super Bowl would mean to the city of Cleveland. In an all-encompassing interview, Thomas discusses the trials and tribulations of playing for a team that has had one winning record since the day he was drafted. “I never went through a coach getting fired,” he said. “That was sort of a welcome to the NFL moment. Now, four coaches later…”

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  • Krambo

    Who the heck would buy a meal or drink for somebody who makes millions of dollars to play football?

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Restaurants and bars who want Super Bowl winning athletes to frequent their establishment?

  • MrCleaveland

    Joe knows us.

  • mgbode

    Fans who want to say they had a beer/meal with Joe Thomas.

  • JHop

    One of us. One of us.

  • Garry_Owen

    I would. Who cares how much money someone makes? It’s a kind, decent, generous, appreciative gesture to give to anyone.

  • Garry_Owen

    Okay, I haven’t cared about the 2013 Browns until now. I want to see these Legends!

  • Ezzie Goldish

    ““I think about the day of me running out of the tunnel in Cleveland Browns Stadium for a home playoff game. That’s my dream. That’s why I show up every day,” he said.”

    So do we, Joe. So do we.

  • steve-o

    I like that he’s setting the bar high, but all it would really take is 9 wins, a wild card berth, and our first playoff win in decades on a hail mary pass.

  • mgbode

    against Pitt or Balt

  • JK

    I’d buy a beer for Joe, sure. But a meal? God no.

  • thetruthfan

    The same people who will pay $75.00 to stand in 10 degree windchill and pay $8.00 for beer, while they could be sitting warm and cozy at home watching the same game in high def and sipping a $2.00 premium bottles?

    “Fan” is short for “fanatic” for a reason.

    And restaurant owners, too, per The_Matt_Of_Akron.

  • thetruthfan

    He can have anything he wants as long as its on the dollar menu.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Um forget it not worth the debate.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL legends go .500 and you’ll probably get damn near a parade!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pfffft is that all?

  • Tribe82

    You know what would make for a kind, decent, generous, appreciative gesture to the fans? Actually winning football games on a regular basis.

  • Garry_Owen

    Nothing to debate.

  • Garry_Owen

    Okay. So?

  • mgbode

    yes, and JoeT has done everything he can to attempt to provide such.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sure there is I’ll just say while your buying a beer/meal for Mr. Thomas I’ll be buying one for the homeless person instead. Have a nice day!

  • Garry_Owen

    Why can’t I do both?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    God bless America man you can do whatever you desire. On a personal note if you did what you said that would be outstanding. Keep it up!

  • TSR3000

    Have you really never heard that saying? Are you, like, 12?