Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Thurman Thomas to have No. 34 jersey retired by Bills

Thurman Thomas to have No. 34 jersey retired by Bills

34 jersey will be retired by the franchise on October 29 when the team faces the New England Patriots, the Bills announced on Wednesday.

No. 34 with the Buffalo Bills will forever belong to Thurman Thomas. I couldn't have done this without the fans.

"Thank you, Buffalo Bills". 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 unbelievable. "Having my number retired is something special and something I'll remember for the rest of my life".

Thomas was named the NFL's most valuable player in 1991. "This is not just 34 jersey being retired".

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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 will be just the third player in Buffalo Bills history to have his number retired, joining two men he played with for years: quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith.

The 40th overall pick of the 1988 draft out of Oklahoma State, Thomas became an integral part of the Bills' offense immediately. He was a five-time Pro Bowler who played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo, all four of which the team infamously lost. He spent his final season with the Miami Dolphins.

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