Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' number

Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' number

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

"To make the announcement on my birthday is really something", said Thomas, who turned 52 Wednesday. Knowing that you were walking out on the football field and the fans felt the same way you felt, that whatever team we were getting ready to play, they were going to get their butt whooped.

Thomas joined the Bills' Wall of Fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. "This is where I scored touchdowns". I couldn't have done this without the fans.

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No other player has done it more than two years in a row. 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 fantastic. "I'm overwhelmed", Thomas wrote on Twitter. He's the only player in NFL history to lead the league in yards from scrimmage for four straight seasons. The Bills retired quarterback Jim Kelly's No. 12 in 2001 and defensive end Bruce Smith's No. 78 in 2016. The jersey retirement will be nationally televised, as the Bills vs. Patriots clash will take place on a Monday night.

The Buffalo Bills will be retiring their third jersey number in franchise history this season, and frankly it seems long overdue.

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