For the third time in Buffalo Bills franchise history, a jersey will be retired.
Thurman Thomas, the Hall of Fame running back and longtime Bills great will officially have his No. 34 jersey retired by the very team that drafted him. Thomas joins quarterback Jim Kelly (No. 12) and defensive end Bruce Smith (No. 78).
The Bills will officially retire his jersey on October 29, the night that the Bills host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. That game will be the first time the Bills have hosted a Monday Night Football game since 2008, and will be going for their first MNF home victory since 1994 -- when Thomas was still a key member of the team.
The last time the #Bills won a MNF home game was in September of 1994 against Wade Phillips, John Elway, and the Denver Broncos, and @thurmanthomas had himself a day. I dug through the @WKBW archives to find it. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/foBqqOyGiR
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) April 20, 2018
The Bills made the announcement inside of New Era Field, on the same day as Thomas' 52nd birthday.
Thomas retired from the NFL after 13 seasons -- 12 of which having been played in Buffalo -- with a total of 12,074 rushing yards and 88 total touchdowns.