"I live here. I'm still involved with the community and still involved with the Buffalo Bills".
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). Former quarterback Jim Kelly (No. 12) and defensive end Bruce Smith (No. 78) are the others. Knowing that you were walking out on the football field and the fans felt the same way you felt, that whatever team we were getting ready to play, they were going to get their butt whooped.
"I guess it kind of solidifies the top three guys for this organization", Thomas said.
Thomas will become the third player to have his number retired.
He was a star at Oklahoma State, as well. The team will honor Thomas in a ceremony when it hosts the New England Patriots for Monday Night Football on October 29. Thomas spent 12 seasons with the Bills and piled up over 16,000 yards from scrimmage.
Thomas was named the NFL's most valuable player in 1991.
Thomas joined the Bills' Wall of Fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He was a five-time Pro Bowler who played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo, all four of which the team infamously lost.
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