Bills retire Thurman Thomas' number

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As Herbie Teope of NFL.com wrote, "The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey will become the third number retired in franchise history when the Bills host the New England Patriots on Monday, Oct. 29".

Fellow Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly have also had their numbers retired by the Bills.


Thomas spent the first 12 seasons of his 13-year career in Buffalo after the franchise selected him in the second round of the 1988 National Football League draft.

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 two combined for 3,282 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns in that time.


Thomas was the AFC rushing leader in 1990, 1991, and 1993. This was more than 200 yards better than any other player in the NFL.

A total of nine players have donned 34, including Cookie Gilchrist, but no one else since Thurman Thomas. "I'm still involved with the community, the Buffalo Bills, I think all of that really makes it special". He earned five Pro Bowl selections and won four AFC Championships with the Bills. Kelly famously led the team to four straight Super Bowls, but unfortunately walked away with zero rings.


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