Buffalo Bills retired Thurman Thomas' jersey number

Besides him, the quarterback Jim Kelly and the defensive end Bruce Smith already received the recognition for the club.

Buffalo Bills retired Thurman Thomas' jersey number
11 Sep 1989: Running back Thurman Thomas of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Bills won the game, 9-6. Photo: GettyImages/Rick Stewart.

The Buffalo Bills published this past Wednesday, that no one will use the number 34 anymore. The number was used by Thurman Thomas as they have been retired this past season.

It will become the third number retired in Buffalo's history. Besides Thomas' number, the quarterback Jim Kelly and the defensive end Bruce Smith gained such recognition by the club.

Thurman during his time in Buffalo | Source: USA TODAY Sports
Thurman during his time in Buffalo | Source: USA TODAY Sports

 


 

Who is he?

Thomas is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Hall of Fame, joining the National Football League in 1988 out of Oklahoma State as a second-round pick with the Bills.

He spent 12 seasons in Buffalo from 1988 to 1999, and one season with the Miami Dolphins in 2000, garnering 12,074 yards speeding and 65 touchdowns on 2,877 career trials.  Thomas also added 4,458 yards and 23 touchdowns on 472 catches in his career.

Besides being the Buffalo inducted to the Bills Wall of Fame in 2005, he ended his career as Buffalo's all-time maestro in yards rushing, totaling 11,938 and 65 rushing touchdowns. Thomas is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in yards from scrimmage in four straight seasons, from 1989 to 1993 overall.