Thurman Thomas wore the number 34 during his time with the team. This is where I saw the fans cheering us on.
"Thank you, Buffalo Bills".
Thomas was named the NFL's most valuable player in 1991.
"I've never been a guy who talks so much about honors and awards and things like that, but when the opportunity came for the Pegulas to discuss this and having the opportunity to have your jersey retired, it came into the back of my mind that, you know, it's possible that they could do it", Thomas said.
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The Buffalo Bills will be retiring their third jersey number in franchise history this season, and frankly it seems long overdue. 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 incredible.
Inducted onto the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 2005, Thurman Thomas will join Jim Kelly (#12) and Bruce Smith (#78) as the only players to have their numbers retired by the Bills.
When it's your birthday AND you find out your number is getting retired.
Thomas ranks 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,074 yards.
The 40th overall pick of the 1988 draft out of Oklahoma State, Thomas became an integral part of the Bills' offense immediately. He and his family still live in the Buffalo area, where Thomas spent 12 of his 13 National Football League seasons.