The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that they will retire the No. 34 of Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas during the team's Monday Night Football clash with the New England Patriots on October 29.
A total of nine players have donned 34, including Cookie Gilchrist, but no one else since Thurman Thomas. I couldn't have done this without the fans.
When it's your birthday AND you find out your number is getting retired. "I live here. I'm still involved with the community and still involved with the Buffalo Bills".
No other player has done it more than two years in a row. "This is not just 34 jersey being retired". You can be on the road in Miami, or New England, or NY and still see Buffalo Bills fans everywhere, so I think that makes it a little bit more special.
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Thomas wore #34 in all three levels of football he played; high school, college and pro and he's the only player in NFL history to lead the league in yards from scrimmage for four consecutive seasons. "For Kim and Terry to do this for a player that never even played for them, but they know and recognize the history of what I did here with the Buffalo Bills and what Bruce did here with the Buffalo Bills is very humbling knowing that they're doing this for me".
Thomas joins former teammates Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith as players who have had their jersey numbers retired by the Bills.
A second-round pick in 1988, Thomas was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma State. He spent his final season with the Miami Dolphins.