But there comes a time when a player is so legendary to a team and a city, no one should be allowed to wear his number ever again.
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. We will retire our Hall of Fame running back's number at our home Monday Night Football game this season!,' the team's tweet declared. Only two active players, Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson, have more.
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Thomas ranks 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 12,074 yards.
Born in Houston, TX, the Bills took Thomas in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. In 1989 and 1990, his combined total yards from scrimmage was 3,742. He earned five Pro Bowl selections and won four AFC Championships with the Bills. Currently, he is 15th on the National Football League all-time list for most rushing yards in a career. In his 21 postseason appearances, Thomas racked up 672 yards receiving.
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Thomas was the AFC rushing leader in 1990, 1991, and 1993.
Fellow Hall of Famers Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly have also had their numbers retired by the Bills. It's a welcome announcement considering Thomas is celebrating his 52nd birthday on Wednesday.
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