Bills retire Thurman Thomas' number

Thurman Thomas to Have His No. 34 Jersey Retired by Bills

Thurman Thomas to Have His No. 34 Jersey Retired by Bills

Thomas ranks 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,074 yards.

The Buffalo Bills will honor one of the franchise's greats when they retire Thurman Thomas' No. 34 this season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Thomas was the AFC rushing leader in 1990, 1991, and 1993. Thomas rushed for 4,847 yards and 43 touchdowns during his college career.

Fellow Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly have also had their numbers retired by the Bills. This was more than 200 yards better than any other player in the NFL.


But there comes a time when a player is so legendary to a team and a city, no one should be allowed to wear his number ever again.

He was voted to the All-Pro team in 1990 and 1991, was selected to 5 straight Pro Bowls from 1989-1993, and was named NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1991, after becoming the 11th player in National Football League history to finish a season with over 2,000 all-purpose yards.

"When I got drafted by the Bills, I was like 'Buffalo, New York!' I'm like, 'OK, I know it's cold, OJ Simpson, you know." said Thomas in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Four Falls of Buffalo. Kelly famously led the team to four straight Super Bowls, but unfortunately walked away with zero rings.

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