Thomas to Play in Hawaii

Cleveland Browns Offensive Tackle becomes the first former Badger to play in the Pro Bowl since 2005, as he was named to the AFC squad Wednesday.

Former Badger standout Joe Thomas was named to the 2008 AFC Pro Bowl team on Tuesday. Thomas, the 2007 Outland Trophy winner was voted as a first alternate last month. He was named to the team when Jason Peters of the Buffalo Bills dropped out due to an injury. Joe is the first Badger to attend the annual showcase since Chris Chambers (Miami Dolphins) and Mike Scheck (Buffalo Bills) were on the squad in 2005.

"I am thrilled to be selected for the Pro Bowl and for the opportunity to play with some of the best players in the NFL," Thomas said. "I understand that being selected as an alternate means that someone else could not attend, so I wish the best for Jason Peters. But this is truly an honor and I will do my best to represent the Browns and the AFC in Hawaii."

A two-time first-team All-American at Wisconsin (a consensus All-American as a senior in 2006), Thomas was UW's first winner of the Outland Trophy in 2006, giving to the nation's best lineman.

Thomas becomes the first Browns' offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since Cody Risien 20 years ago, following the 1987 season. He's the first Browns' left tackle to be named to the game since Doug Dieken following the 1980 season, and the first Browns rookie to go since Chip Banks following the 1982 season.

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