Troy Aikman has become a star in the broadcast booth on Fox after making the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and maybe Joe Thomas is on that same path.
Thomas, the Cleveland Browns offensive tackle, took exception to something Aikman said while calling the Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings game on Thursday. Aikman wondered why Freeney, who was just claimed by the Lions after he was cut by the Seahawks, wasn’t playing for the Lions in an important game. Thomas thought Aikman, a quarterback for the Cowboys for many years, should have known better. He pointed out that Freeney had just played on Monday night.
Troy Aikman just expressed surprise that @dwightfreeney isn’t playing today after playing for @Seahawks on Monday night (61hrs ago); only a QB could be so out of touch with what lineman’s bodies go thru during a NFL game. He’s lucky to be able to get out of bed this am #MINvsDET
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) November 23, 2017
Aikman, to his credit, explained himself. Freeney, another potential Hall of Famer who is still playing at 37 years old, hadn’t played much on Monday and could have played a limited role on Thursday, Aikman thought.
Just thought knowing the importance of the game for the Lions and their need for a pass rusher, we’d see him in a limited role after 17 defensive snaps the previous Monday night. The Lions were probably hoping for that too. He’s one of the greats.
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) November 24, 2017
Thomas is out for the season after suffering a triceps injury, which ended a remarkable consecutive snaps streak. While most linemen are unknown, Thomas might be the most famous tackle in the NFL. That’s because he is by far the biggest name on the Browns, he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame someday, and he is a great follow on social media. He is opinionated and funny, and has become more than just an anonymous offensive lineman.
Perhaps someday, if he wishes, Thomas will end up on our television screens as an analyst. He’d probably be pretty good at it.
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