Joe Thuney didn’t get the opportunity to play in this year’s Super Bowl with the Chiefs, but he still made history after his fifth time attending the big game. The former NC State offensive guard earned his fourth Super Bowl ring, putting him tied for the third-most all-time in NFL history and first among active players in the NFL.
This puts Thuney on a list of 32 former players who are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame like Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Ronnie Lott, Lynn Swann and so many others. The only players ahead of Thuney at this point are Tom Brady (7) and Charles Haley (5), who also won their rings with two different teams.
Speaking of Brady, Thuney started his career blocking for the man who earned the most Super Bowl rings all-time and blocked for him in two of those. Getting the chance to block for Brady and Patrick Mahomes, who has now won three of the last five Super Bowls, was something that Thuney credited for his immense success at the NFL level in his first eight seasons.
“I have to pinch myself,” Thuney said earlier this week. “It’s remarkable. I can’t believe it. Just so fortunate to get drafted by the Patriots. Spent great years there. Signed with the Chiefs. What an organization as well. I gotta pinch myself. It’s just… It’s insane.”
Though Thuney didn’t play in the Super Bowl due to a pectoral injury, he more than deserved credit for why the Chiefs got to that point. Thuney started all 17 regular season games and earned First-Team All-Pro for the first time in his career, following up Second-Team All-Pro honors during the 2022 and 2019 seasons, two Pro Bowls in 2022 and 2023 and the PFWA All-Rookie Team back in 2016.
In his first eight seasons at the NFL level, Thuney has started 129 total games, reached the Super Bowl five different times and has now won four of them. He has accomplished all of that after being a third-round pick by the Patriots out of NC State after being a three-year starter under both Tom O’Brien and Dave Doeren.
And at just 31 years old with one year remaining on his contract with the Chiefs before becoming an unrestricted free agent, it doesn’t appear Thuney’s run is coming to a stop anytime soon. As one of the top left guards in the NFL and blocking for one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, Thuney should be a priority moving forward for Kansas City as it aims to keep adding to its dynasty.
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