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#34 to forever belong to Thurman Thomas

16 May 2018

We're going to share something, and if you're like us your reaction will likely be, "Wait, really?"

On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills announced that they will retire Thurman Thomas' jersey number, No. 34, before their Week 8 clash with the New England Patriots next season. "I live here. I'm still involved with the community and still involved with the Buffalo Bills".

Thomas becomes just the third player in Bills history to have his jersey retired, joining Bruce Smith (No. 78) and Jim Kelly (No. 12). Thomas said he's "overwhelmed" by the news.

A second-round pick in 1988, Thomas was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma State.

The Bills' game against the Patriots on October 29 is the Monday night game on ESPN and is scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET.

Thomas took off in 1989.

Thomas ranks 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,074 yards. He won the NFL's MVP award in 1991 after amassing 2,038 yards from scrimmage. The five-time Pro Bowler was part of the Bills' teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Despite retiring almost 20 years ago, he is still 10th all-time in career yards from scrimmage (16,532).

Thomas joined the Bills' Wall of Fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

#34 to forever belong to Thurman Thomas