Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Bills announce plan to retire Thurman Thomas' number

Bills announce plan to retire Thurman Thomas' number

He joins former teammates Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith as the lone members of the team to have their numbers retired.

Thomas, who played with the Bills from 1988-99, will have the ceremony during halftime of the team's home game against the New England Patriots on October 29. The Hall of Fame RB spent 12 of his 13 National Football League seasons in Buffalo, racking up five Pro Bowls and one MVP (1991) season during his tenure.

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That's because the team announced on Wednesday that they are retiring his number 34 jersey.

Thomas was the AFC rushing leader in 1990, 1991, and 1993.

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Thomas is the franchise's all-time leader in career rushing yardage (11,938), attempts (2,849) and touchdowns (65). In 1989 and 1990, his combined total yards from scrimmage was 3,742. The Bills won every one of those games.

No other player in Buffalo Bills history will don a jersey with the number worn by Thurman Thomas. A knee injury damaged Thomas's certain first-round pick status and caused him to slip into the second round (40th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, their first choice in the draft.

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Kelly credited Thomas for his versatility in helping the Bills advance to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.

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