Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey


The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday the team will retire Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas’ No. 34 jersey this season.

The retirement will happen during a halftime ceremony Oct. 29 when the Bills host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Thomas, who turned 52 on Wednesday, will join former teammates Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith in having their jerseys retired by the Bills. The Bills officially retired Kelly’s No. 12 in 2001 and Smith’s No. 78 in 2016.

Thomas’ No. 34 has not been worn by any Bills player since he last played for Buffalo in 1999.

The team has also not reassigned the No. 32 jersey worn by former running back O.J. Simpson, although his number has not been officially retired.

Thomas was a five-time Pro Bowler and was named NFL MVP in 1991. He was placed on the Bills’ wall of fame in 2005 and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

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