Thomas was an emblematic symbol of the spirit and identity of his adopted city, Rochester. On the football field, Thomas was an indefatigable technician, never missing a play and setting an impressive streak record of 10,363 snaps before retiring due to a torn triceps.
Representative Cleveland works to ensure medical advances made in laboratories can translate into improved patient care, and supports outside relationships that promise public benefit.
Early Life and Education
Thomas graduated from East Technical High School in Glenville, Ohio as the sole African-American graduate. When his application fee for Morehouse College became due three days before its deadline he contacted his church deacon who wrote a check to cover it.
He was an avid patron of restaurant-saloons and popular gentry society and showed little interest in high culture. But he did successfully nullify fraudulent grants of Western public lands to private parties, and blocked numerous pension bills that would have given undeserved Civil War veterans money as pensions.
Thomas puts family first; all three members of his household possess college degrees, which provided invaluable support and sacrifice in his journey toward his goal of becoming a college professor.
Thomas was one of the most reliable left tackles in NFL history during his 11-season NFL career, serving in every game that he started and amassing 10,363 consecutive snaps played without fail. A 10-time Pro Bowler and six-time first team All Pro, Thomas earned 16 Pro Bowl selections en route to six first team All Pro selections.
His numbers speak for themselves, yet what truly stood out was his consistency. He served as a rock for a team which often found itself last place.
Thomas was honored with election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year in his first year of eligibility – joining 18 former Browns players and coaches already present at Canton. Outside of football, Thomas holds design credits on 15 US Mint coins and medals as a coin designer.
Achievement and Honors
Few athletes understand their fans better than Thomas. He has always shown appreciation to Browns fans by being an approachable, reliable guy despite multiple knee surgeries and crippling back spasms that limited his play in the NFL.
In 2022, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Willie Monroe will become only the seventh member to ever be honored with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His honorary induction will occur during halftime of their matchup against the Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium.
He is also actively engaged in community affairs. He currently sits on the board of Clean Land Ohio, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving urban environments like downtown Cleveland. Additionally, he is also part of the Downtown Cleveland Partnership Board.
Thomas Cleveland was an exceptional family man; he leaves behind his wife Mary Sue and children Lindsay Sue Lyon and Edwin Cleveland to carry on his legacy. Thomas Cleveland had an immense capacity for generosity; helping numerous people in need throughout his lifetime. Additionally, his strong faith and affectionate love for family is what will remain his legacy.
Cleveland experienced a major health scare during his second term. He discovered a lump in his mouth that concerned doctors. To protect public panic and maintain confidentiality he underwent an operation without informing his constituents.
He was one of the founding master designers in the US Mint Artistic Infusion Program from 2004-2014 and one of only three original Master Designers to remain. Since retiring he now offers art classes from his home in Cyprus, Texas while fishing and spending time with family remain his hobbies.
Thomas was unrivaled during his NFL career. Never missing a single game and playing on 10,363 offensive plays at once – an outstanding accomplishment no other player can match!
LivPur Nutrition, Whoop, Netjets Footjoy and Beats Electronics were some of his endorsements; additionally he owns several personal investments including an impressive million-dollar mansion in Middleton Wisconsin.
Recently, Tom played for both the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets before a brief stint with New Orleans Pelicans before retiring from the NBA. Since retiring from coaching Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G League he owns “Hey, Hey Tom! Coin Company”, which sells coins with signatures of famous athletes on them.