Better late than never: Bills announce they're retiring Thurman Thomas' number

Thurman Thomas

We're going to share something, and if you're like us your reaction will likely be, "Wait, really?" "I live here. I'm still involved with the community and still involved with the Buffalo Bills".

The team announced Wednesday that the number will officially be retired in a ceremony on October 29, when the Bills host the Patriots on "Monday Night Football". "I'm overwhelmed", Thomas wrote on Twitter.

The Bills have announced they will retire the number 34 during halftime at the team's home Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots in Week 8 of the upcoming season.

Though Buffalo is making things official this year, Thomas' No. 34 hasn't been worn by another Bills player since he stopped playing for the team in 1999 (Thomas spent the 2000 season, his last in the National Football League, with the Miami Dolphins).

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"To be a part of history and be a part of being retired with Jim, being retired with Bruce, thanks so much from the bottom of my heart, the bottom of my family's heart", Thomas said during the team's announcement on Facebook.

A second-round pick in 1988, Thomas was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma State.

He earned five Pro Bowl selections and helped the Bills secure four straight Super Bowl appearances. Despite retiring almost 20 years ago, he is still 10th all-time in career yards from scrimmage (16,532).

The former Bills running back is both a Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

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