Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas will join an elite club in Buffalo.
Thomas’ No. 34 jersey will be retired by the franchise on Oct. 29 when the team faces the New England Patriots, the Bills announced on Wednesday.
The 13-year NFL running back will become the third player to have his jersey retired by the Bills. Former quarterback Jim Kelly (No. 12) and defensive end Bruce Smith (No. 78) are the others.
Thomas, 51, was the No. 40 overall pick to Buffalo in the 1988 NFL Draft. The Houston native finished his career with 12,074 rushing yards and 65 rushing touchdowns. He earned five Pro Bowl selections and won four AFC Championships with the Bills.
He was a star at Oklahoma State, as well. Thomas rushed for 4,847 yards and 43 touchdowns during his college career. Thomas received Heisman votes in 1985 and 1987; the honor went to Auburn’s Bo Jackson and Notre Dame’s Tim Brown, respectively.
His Oklahoma State jersey number is also retired.
The former Bills running back is both a Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame inductee.
The Bills’ game against the Patriots on Oct. 29 is the Monday night game on ESPN and is scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET.