New York, NY- Former Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Thomas can add another honor to his list of future accolades. The winner of the 2006 Outland Trophy- given to the nation's top interior lineman- is among the first-year eligible finalists for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas, who's widely considered one of the best offensive lineman in modern NCAA history, was a two-time all-Big Ten selection (2005, 2006). He earned unanimous first-team all-American honors in 2006, and he became the school's first Outland winner the same season.
The Browns drafted Thomas third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played his entire NFL career in Cleveland, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first ten years. Thomas, 33, retired after an torn triceps ended his 2017 season. His string of 10,363 consecutive snaps played is believed to be the most in NFL history.
Other notable first-time finalists include former Texas quarterback Vince Young, USC quarterback Carson Palmer, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, and Syracuse receiver Marvin Harrison.
The 2019 class will be inducted at the 62nd annual National Football Foundation ceremony on December 10, 2019. Later that month, the new inductees will have their enshrinement ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.