Joe Thomas Calls Combine A ‘Cattle Auction’ & Claims The NFL Doesn’t Like Cats
Joe Thomas is the best offensive tackle in the NFL. Since being taken third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, Thomas has been selected to the Pro Bowl 10 times consecutively; every single season of his career. He's one of just five players in NFL history to do accomplish that feat. He's also a seven-time First-Team All-Pro, and is currently playing on a seven-year contract worth $80.5 million.
Needless to say, he's a stud.
However he's also played his entire career for the Cleveland Browns. One of the best players in the NFL wasting away on probably the worst franchise in professional sports is a depressing set of circumstances, so it's hard to blame Thomas for feeling a little salty towards the event that eventually got him drafted by the Browns in the first place.
Here's what Thomas tweeted on Monday morning about the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine:
While he's certainly not the first player to complain about the stress of the combine and the way that it's set up, it is a little surprising to hear such criticism from a guy that did so well there. Thomas was already projected as a first-round pick coming out of Wisconsin, so his performance at the combine helped him cement the third overall draw that earned him an incredibly lucrative rookie deal. I definitely wouldn't call him a "sucker."
Nevertheless, the combine does have a reputation for requiring prospects to answer bizarre questions that have nothing to do with football as a means of assessing character - and Thomas was more than happy to share the weirdest ones that he could remember.
Please excuse me while I go add "apparently the NFL doesn't like 'cats'" to my Twitter bio.
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