As most of the regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports. After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives.
As such, for us to note that last night during halftime of the Buffalo Bills home loss to the New England Patriots that the number 34 of Thurman Thomas was retired.
Along with Jim Kelly and Andre Reed, Thomas was the running portion of a potent Bills offense that went to four straight Super Bowls. The Running Back would play 12 seasons for Buffalo and was named a Pro Bowler from 1989 to 1993 and was a First Team All Pro in 1990 & 1991. He would also lead the league in Yards from Scrimmage every season from 1989 to 1992 and was named the AP MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 1991. As a Bill he rushed for 11,938 Yards, received 4,341 more Yards and had 87 Touchdowns.
This marks the third time the Buffalo Bills retired a number. Jim Kelly’s #12 was retired in 2001 and Bruce Smith’s #78 was retired in 2016. Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Thurman Thomas for earning this very impressive honor.