One year after his retirement, Joe Thomas is completely unrecognizable

It’s probably safe to say that Joe Thomas was carrying a little more weight than he needed to while serving as the Cleveland Browns’ left tackle.

Three days removed from the first anniversary of his retirement, Thomas’ podcast co-host Andrew Hawkins shared a photo showing that the 34-year-old now looks skinnier than the average tight end.

You can insert your own Cleveland Browns before and after jokes here.

Losing that amount of weight was apparently something that Thomas has looked forward to for a long time. Back in July, when Thomas had already cut 50 pounds from his 300-plus playing weight, he told NFL Network he was “more eager to lose weight than almost anything in retirement.”

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That makes sense. You need to be around 300 pounds to survive as an NFL offensive lineman, but maintaining that weight while still staying in shape has to be exhausting and probably harmful to your health in the long run.

However, cutting such a large amount of weight in such a short time span must also be exhausting, even it’s a more healthy way to live. Thomas revealed on Twitter that an embrace of swimming, yoga and a keto diet, as well as a banishment of breakfast, were the keys to his weight loss.

Of course, Thomas’ transformation had at least one detractor in Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.

Fair enough, but we’ll see what Garrett looks like once he hangs up his cleats.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 1, 2017: Left tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns runs off the field prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 1, 2017 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 27-24 in overtime. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - 2007: Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: (L-R) Quarterback, Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns rides on the back of a golf cart with team mate, offensive tackle, Joe Thomas #73 at the 2007 NFL Players Rookie Premiere on May 19, 2007 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - AUGUST 11: Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during an NFL pre-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium August 11, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 16-12. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - AUGUST 11: Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns blocks during a NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 11, 2007 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 16-12. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DENVER - AUGUST 25: Offensive lineman Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos on August 25, 2007 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 14: Offensive lineman Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sideline during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 14, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Dolphins 41-31. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 16, 2007: Offensive lineman Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns blocks as Larry Tripplett #98 and Aaron Schobel #94 of the Buffalo Bills approach during a game on December 16, 2007 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 8-0. Joe Thomas07-1226600 (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 2, 2011: Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers battles offensive lineman Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns during a game on January 2, 2011 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Pittsburgh won 41-9. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 18: Offensive tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 30, 2012: Offensive linemen Joe Thomas #73 and receiver Greg Little #15 of the Cleveland Browns stand by a heater on the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-10. (Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 3: Tackle Joe Thomas #73 and center Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate after defeating the Buffalo Bills during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 01: Finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award (L-R), Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys attend a press conference for Super Bowl XLVII at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
BEREA, OH - JULY 30, 2015: Left tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after a training camp practice on July 30, 2015 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by: Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #6 of the Cleveland Browns and tackle Joe Thomas #73 run onto the field during the player introductions against the Indianapolis Colts at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 7, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 1: Tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns takes a knee during a timeout against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Assistant offensive line coach George DeLeone (R) of the Cleveland Browns talks with offensive linemen Cameron Erving (L) and Joe Thomas (C) during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 30-9. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 3, 2016: Left tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 3, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Pittsburgh won 28-12. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 18, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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