Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame working again Thurman Thomas can have his No. 34 jersey retired by the Buffalo Payments through the 2018 season, the group introduced Wednesday.
Thomas, who performed with the Payments from 1988-99, can have the ceremony throughout halftime of the group’s dwelling sport in opposition to the New England Patriots on Oct. 29.
He joins former teammates Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith because the lone members of the group to have their numbers retired. The Payments retired Kelly’s No. 12 in 2001 and Smith’s No. 78 5 years later.
“It does make it distinctive understanding that I performed with Bruce for 12 years and with Jim for eight years,” Thomas advised the group’s web site. “I can keep in mind the issues that they did on the soccer discipline and why that they had their jerseys retired, and now I will be in that very same group with these guys. To be within the firm of these two gamers is one thing particular.”
Kelly credited Thomas for his versatility in serving to the Payments advance to 4 consecutive Tremendous Bowl appearances.
“He was an all-purpose again,” Kelly stated of Thomas, who turned 52 on Wednesday. “He wasn’t a man the place he’d go off sort out proper and off sort out left and entice proper and entice left and that was it. He introduced one thing to the desk that defenses weren’t ready for and that was him popping out of the backfield or splitting him out vast. We did some particular issues with him.”
The Payments’ all-time main rusher (12,074 yards), Thomas was the NFL Most Useful Participant in 1991 and a five-time Professional Bowl choice earlier than retiring in 2001. He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2007.
“He led the league in yards from scrimmage 4 straight years and it had by no means been completed earlier than, not even by Jim Brown who had held the file with three,” former teammate Steve Tasker stated. “For sure stretches of his profession not solely was he one of the best working again in soccer, he was one of the best participant at any place in soccer.”