Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, played for the Bills from 1988-99 and was a part of four straight AFC championship teams. 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.
The former Bills running back is both a Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame inductee. "This is where I scored touchdowns". This is where I saw the fans cheering us on.
"If you're at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you're just at the Pro Football Hall of Fame".
Yes, it has taken this long for the Bills to do something you'd assume had been done years ago. He totaled 1,244 rushing yards and added 669 receiving yards; his 1,913 yards from scrimmage led the NFL - and he'd do it again in 1990, 1991 and 1992, the only man in league history to win the yards from scrimmage title four consecutive seasons. Thomas said he's "overwhelmed" by the news.
Two of the three jersey retirements have taken place since Terry and Kim Pegula assumed ownership of the team in October 2014.
Thomas becomes just the third player in Bills history to have his jersey retired, joining Bruce Smith (No. 78) and Jim Kelly (No. 12). "I really appreciate that and my family appreciates it".