He retired right before the team got good. It’ll always be interesting to see Joe Thomas’ name among the Browns’ faithful, as he was easily the best offensive linemen in the game every year he played. Destined for Canton, the future Hall of Famer stayed loyal to the Browns even when the rest of the team couldn’t wake up on time to practice. Thomas never got to a playoff game and only saw the team win seven games in a season twice. After that 10-win rookie season, it was all downhill from there. If the team ever does go to the Super Bowl, Thomas should be allowed to un-retire and line up with the field goal team just to say he played in the game.
Like Joe Thomas before him, Josh Cribbs gave everything to the city. Unlike Thomas, he only saw the team win seven games once, in 2010 when the team finished with 10 wins. That was the team’s best showing during Cribbs’ tenure. The do-it-all special teams’ guru gave up everything for the city and eventually set up shop in town. He owns several small businesses and hosts a morning show with his wife.
This might be a bit of a thinker, but hold on. Tim Couch was the catalyst for the Browns’ offense for the first four years of the team’s tenure and led the squad to the playoffs. Couch was never protected, had no offensive help, and was lambasted by a fanbase that frankly was out of line. Despite all that, Couch still cheers for the Browns. Despite all the things he went through in Cleveland, and all the pain he endured, still he cheers. The man deserves something for that.