#34 to forever belong to Thurman Thomas

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No. 34 was also worn by fullback Cookie Gilchrist, a two-time AFL MVP who led Buffalo to a league championship in 1964.

The Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday that they will retire legendary running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 on October 29, when the team hosts the New England Patriots for "Monday Night Football".

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility, in 2007. I couldn't have done this without the fans.

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"If you're at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you're just at the Pro Football Hall of Fame". They're part of the reason I played and loved the game so much, because the energy they gave myself and Steve (Tasker) and Jim (Kelly) and everybody else was awesome.

"Thank you, Buffalo Bills". 34 jersey will join Jim Kelly's No. 12 and Bruce Smith's No. 78 as the only jerseys the Bills have retired.

"I guess it kind of solidifies the top three guys for this organization", Thomas said. The jersey retirement will be nationally televised, as the Bills vs. Patriots clash will take place on a Monday night. "This is not just 34 jersey being retired". "For Kim and Terry to do this for a player that never even played for them, but they know and recognize the history of what I did here with the Buffalo Bills and what Bruce did here with the Buffalo Bills is very humbling knowing that they're doing this for me". The five-time Pro Bowler was part of the Bills' teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s.

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