Bills to retire Thomas' No. 34

May 16, 2018
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One of the greatest players to ever put on a Buffalo Bills uniform will have his number retired on October 29.

Bills' Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will become the third player in team history to have his jersey retired by the organization, joining Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith as the only other players to hold that honor.

34. Forever Thurman Thomas.

We will retire our Hall of Fame running back’s number at our home Monday Night Football game this season! pic.twitter.com/X5GkS0rwPh

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 16, 2018

Thomas spent the majority of his 13-year National Football League career with the Bills, playing from 1988 to 1999 in Buffalo. In 173 games played with the Bills, Thomas holds franchise records in rushing yards (11,938) and rushing touchdowns (65). Thomas is also fourth in franchise history for games played as a Bill, and was selected to five Pro Bowls in his career.

During the 1991 season, Thomas rushed for 1,407 yards and seven touchdowns, and led the league with 4.9 yards per-rushing attempt, as well as total yards from scrimmage (2,038). Thomas also caught 62 passes that season for 631 yards and five touchdowns. With that, Thomas was honored as the NFL's Most Valuable Player for the 1991 season.

Thomas spent one season with the Miami Dolphins in the 2000 season, playing in nine games before calling it a career.

The Bills' second round pick (40th overall) in the 1988 NFL Draft is 16th on the all-time NFL rushing list with 12,074 yards, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Thomas' No. 34 will be retired during a ceremony when the Bills host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football at New Era Field.

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