Thousands of Browns fans packed the streets of Canton, Ohio on Saturday to celebrate the induction of Joe Thomas into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Canton Repository Grand Parade was the perfect way to kick off the festivities, as Thomas and his fellow inductees were cheered on by a raucous crowd.
The parade began at 10:00am and wound its way through downtown Canton. Thomas rode in a convertible, waving to fans and signing autographs. He was joined by other 2023 inductees, including Tony Gonzalez, Peyton Manning, and Charles Woodson.
The Dawg Pound was out in full force, and their cheers could be heard throughout the parade route. Fans held up signs, chanted Thomas’ name, and even threw a few beach balls into the crowd.
Thomas was clearly touched by the support of the fans. He took a moment to address the crowd, thanking them for their support over the years. He also said that he was honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside such great players.
After the parade, Thomas and his family attended the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. The ceremony was held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and it was attended by thousands of fans. Thomas was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Gonzalez, Manning, and Woodson.
Thomas’ induction into the Hall of Fame is a fitting honor for a player who was one of the best offensive tackles in NFL history. He played his entire 11-year career with the Browns, and he never missed a game. He was a two-time All-Pro and a ten-time Pro Bowl selection.
Thomas is a beloved figure in Cleveland, and his induction into the Hall of Fame is a source of great pride for Browns fans. He is a role model for young players, and he is an inspiration to anyone who has ever dreamed of playing in the NFL.