​It's been a tough year for the 2-5 Buffalo Bills, but they plan on making the most of their lone primetime appearance to honor a franchise legend. 


At halftime of ​Monday night's game against the division leading ​New England Patriots, the Bills will retire the number 34 to honor Hall-of-Famer and life-long Bill Thurman Thomas. This is long overdue and Thomas seems very excited about it.

Thomas was an absolute beast after being selected in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He amassed over 1,000 total scrimmage yards in his first nine seasons in the league, leading the NFL four times and eclipsing 2,000 yards twice. 


In his career, he did everything in his power to help his team win and prove that he was much more than a second-rounder.

​​Thurmond was a key piece of the Buffalo Bills teams that won four straight AFC Championships from 1990-93 and is the team's all-time leader in rushing with 11,938 yards and 65 touchdowns in his career. 


At halftime on Monday, Thomas join fellow Canton alumni Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith as the only Bills to have their numbers retired and will give Buffalo fans a reason to smile and hope that their next wave of stars is just on the horizon.