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

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

A total of nine players have donned 34, including Cookie Gilchrist, but no one else since Thurman Thomas.

Next to Bruce Smith, whose number is also not retired in Buffalo, Thomas is the second-biggest legend to Kelly in Bills history, and yet Kelly's number was retired in 2001. Odd. And to make it that much more exciting, the ceremony will come during the October 29 Monday night game against the New England Patriots. Thomas rushed for 4,847 yards and 43 touchdowns during his college career.

Thurman Thomas now holds the all-time Buffalo Bills rushing record with 11,938 yards and the team record for yards from scrimmage with 16,279 over 12 years. "To be in the company of those two players is something special". The Bills won every one of those games.

On eight consecutive occasions did Thomas eclipse the 1,000-yard mark during his National Football League career.

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Thomas' pass-catching exploits as part of the Bills' K-Gun offense under Jim Kelly were on full display during the playoffs. His 76 playoff receptions are best all-time for a running back and fourth all-time overall.

Thomas was the AFC rushing leader in 1990, 1991, and 1993.

The Buffalo Bills now only have the No. 12 of Jim Kelly and the No. 78 of Bruce Smith completely off-limits.

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