Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' number

Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas fends off Miami Dolphins cornerback J.B. Brown on a long run during the second quarter of game on Sunday Sept. 16 1990 in Miami?s Joe Robbie Stadium Special Honor Planned This Fall For Thurman Thomas
Sidney Guerrero | 16 May, 2018, 21:59

"Thank you, Buffalo Bills".

A total of nine players have donned 34, including Cookie Gilchrist, but no one else since Thurman Thomas.

The team announced Wednesday that it was retiring the jersey No. 34 worn by Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas.

No other player has done it more than two years in a row.

The running back's number will be retired during the Bills' Monday Night Football home game this season.

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When it's your birthday AND you find out your number is getting retired. This is where I saw the fans cheering us on. They're part of the reason I played and loved the game so much, because the energy they gave myself and Steve (Tasker) and Jim (Kelly) and everybody else was wonderful.

Thomas is the Bills' all-time leading rusher in both yardage (11,938) and touchdowns (65). "This is not just 34 jersey being retired". He will become just the third player in franchise history to have his number officially retired, joining Jim Kelly's No. 12 in 2001 and Bruce Smith's No. 78 in 2016.

A second-round pick in 1988, Thomas was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma State.

Thomas played a major role on a Bills team that appeared in the Super Bowl on four consecutive occasions in the early 1990s. He spent his final season with the Miami Dolphins.

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