As a Pro Football Hall of Famer, a Bills Wall of Famer and the team’s all-time leading rusher, Thurman Thomas’ legacy as a Buffalo Bill was essentially already etched in stone. Now his jersey No. 34 will be part of that legacy as the club announced they’ll be retiring his number this fall.
Thomas is just the third player in team history to have his number retired joining former teammates Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith.
“It does make it unique knowing that I played with Bruce for 12 years and with Jim for eight years,” Thomas told Buffalobills.com. “I can remember the things that they did on the football field and why they had their jerseys retired, and now I’m going to be in that same group with those guys. To be in the company of those two players is something special.”
Kelly’s No. 12 was retired in 2001, while Smith’s No. 78 was given the same honor in 2016.
The formal retirement of the Hall of Fame running back’s jersey number will take place in Week 8 at halftime of the Bills matchup with the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.
Jersey number 34 is one that Thomas has worn since the seventh grade. A Houston native, Thomas wore the number due to a Hall of Fame Houston Oiler.