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Former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas couldn’t help but get a little emotional after the Cleveland Cavaliers saluted him at halftime of their 124-117 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
“It was a really special moment to get love and respect from an icon like LeBron James—somebody that I’ve been a fan of since I was 12 years old. It was really special, and actually, once I walked off the court, I walked under the bleachers and I got a little emotional. I’m gonna be honest. I started tearing up a little bit.”
The Cavs shared a video from the brief ceremony:
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
A standing ovation from The Q, a bear hug from @KingJames. A Cleveland @Browns legend forever. Thank you, @JoeThomas73. #ThankYou73 https://t.co/fLgA7liWBR
Thomas announced his retirement March 14 after playing 11 years for the Browns. A 10-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro, Thomas is one of the greatest players to wear a Browns uniform, and he’s a lock for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.