Video: Thurman Thomas plays "Thurman Thomas Trivia" and more

The Hall of Fame running back will have his No. 34 retired this season

Sal Capaccio
May 16, 2018 - 3:22 pm

When Thurman Thomas was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, I was 15 years old. His career spanned the perfect sweet spot of my sports fandom, from teenaged years through college and a few more beyond. He left an incredible imprint on my life as a Bills and sports fan growing up in Western New York.

30 years after that pick was made by the Bills in the second round, it was announced by the team that the Hall of Famer will have his No. 34 retired this season when the Bills take on the New England Patriots during a Monday Night Football game at New Era Field on October 29.

Thurman becomes only the third Bills player to ever have that honor. Quarterback Jim Kelly’s No. 12 and defensive end Bruce Smith’s No. 78 were the first two.

For the past several years, as a member of the media, I’ve had the chance to get to know Thurman on a personal level. Often times, I’m still in awe to be in that type of position after growing up and watching him run for touchdowns on the gridiron.

I know a lot about Thurman’s career, but Wednesday I learned something new: he’ll now have his jersey No. 34 retired at the high school, college, and NFL level. From Willowridge High School in Houston, to Oklahoma State University, to the Buffalo Bills. No one will ever wear that number again for those football teams.  

I also wondered how much Thurman knows about his own career. So I played a little game of “Thurman Thomas Trivia” with Thurman Thomas. I asked him if he knew who his first touchdown was scored against, his first 100-yard rushing game was against, and if he could name the seven running backs drafted ahead of him in 1988.

You can watch and listen to his answers and what else he had to say below:



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