Thomas joined the Bills' Wall of Fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
No. 34 was also worn by fullback Cookie Gilchrist, a two-time AFL MVP who led Buffalo to a league championship in 1964.
Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas, who spent 12 seasons with the Bills from 1988-1999, is set to be honored prior to the team's October 29 game against the New England Patriots. This is where I saw the fans cheering us on.
The Buffalo Bills will no longer have a No. 34 on the roster. You can be on the road in Miami, or New England, or NY and still see Buffalo Bills fans everywhere, so I think that makes it a little bit more special. "I'm overwhelmed", Thomas wrote on Twitter.
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Thomas was named the NFL's most valuable player in 1991. Thomas spent 12 seasons with the Bills and piled up over 16,000 yards from scrimmage. The jersey retirement will be nationally televised, as the Bills vs. Patriots clash will take place on a Monday night.
Thomas becomes just the third player in Bills history to have his jersey retired, joining Bruce Smith (No. 78) and Jim Kelly (No. 12). "This is not just 34 jersey being retired".
He earned five Pro Bowl selections and helped the Bills secure four straight Super Bowl appearances.
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