But beyond that, as a running back smaller than most, there cannot ever have been a better, smarter or more courageous pass protector. Thomas started the game at running back. [Tied for 2nd] Most Receiving Touchdowns, Game - 2 (at Cleveland, Jan. 6, 1990) Today Thurman's wonderful family is here to share this happy occasion with him. During his time in Stillwater, Thurman Thomas was a three-time All-American and became the all-time leading rusher in program history. Marv, contrary to the misconceptions that you may have regarding my expansive vocabulary, or lack thereof, I believe that all these years you have made me confused with someone else, and that person would be Bruce (laughter). Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 4, 2007, Presenter: Marv Levy, Former Coach, Hall of Fame Class of 2001, Other Members of the Class of 2007: Gene Hickerson, Michael Irvin, Bruce Matthews, Charlie Sanders, Roger Wehrli, Drafted: 2nd round (40th overall) in 1988 by Buffalo Bills My dad, my step mom Mary, aunts and uncles on the Thomas and Cavanaugh sides were always there cheering for me. 1994) We dated my senior year. My step dad Gil, who passed away five years ago. During his decorated career with the Bills, Thomas was a five-time Pro Bowler. Terrific Teachers: Meet Blasdell Elementary's Katelyn Piraino, Bills survive scare, beat Patriots on Newton's late fumble, Adam & Vic Take2: Bills well grounded in win over Pats, 6 key questions going into the 2020 presidential election. I also don't believe there has ever been a more complete player at his position than Thurman. To Bill Shimmick, my running back coach, thank you for letting me be the player, not changing my running style, just let me be the offensive player I was. 1992 AFC - Buffalo Bills 29, Miami Dolphins 10 . You made me feel like every extra effort I made for the Bills was appreciated. I'm Elijah Pitts from the Buffalo Bills. [Tied for 2nd] Most Rushing Touchdowns Scored, Career - 16 34 jersey in 2018. Alright. You have come all from over everywhere to be with me and my family. [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career - 339 How lucky could his teammates get? ___ You hugged me and loved me win or lose. My bother in laws Matt, Bobby, Dave and John. . . My nieces an nephews, you all came and supported me every home game. Take home a piece of football history with you today when you browse our Thurman Thomas memorabilia selection. You grabbed me by my jersey and said, Why did you spike the ball? Everyone has probably heard that Ralph and I are like family. I said, Here I am, coach, right here. .Career numbers include 12,074 yards rushing and 16,532 all-purpose yards. [2nd] Most Combined Net Yards Attempts, Career - 417
During his time in Stillwater, Thurman Thomas was a three-time All-American and became the all-time leading rusher in program history. I said, Coach, every little kid that ever watches football at least wants to do that at least one time in his career. Thank you very much for having faith in me in my last two years, because there was another talented running back that played at Oklahoma State, Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions, once again, who really taught me the meaning of hard work and dedication to try to be the best player that you possibly can. Super Bowl XXV - New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19 The ceremony was held at halftime of the Cowboys Big 12 opener against West Virginia. 1988 AFC - Cincinnati Bengals 21, Buffalo Bills 10 [Tied for 1st] Most Points Scored, Game - 18 (vs. Kansas City, Jan. 23, 1994) To Neil Querlan, my high school football coach back in Missouri City, Texas. [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career - 2,849 [1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game - 33 (vs. Kansas City, Jan. 23, 1994) [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Career - 339 He had four rushes for six yards in the game. [Tied for 1st] Most Pass Receptions, Game - 13 (at Cleveland, Jan. 6, 1990) He also had five receptions for 55 yards. Super Bowl XXVIII - Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13 Won the state championship with you, coach. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was the 1991 NFL MVP. Thank you, Ralph. And friends from out of town, thanks to new friends and long time friends. In seventh grade I immediately had a huge support. The game and TV details for Oklahoma State's Big 12 match up with Kansas State on Nov. 7 in Manhattan, KS have been announced. Teammates. Little Thurman, daddy loves you, man. All-Pro: 1989 (NEA), 1990 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1991 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), All-Pro Second Team: 1989 (AP), 1992 (AP, NEA), 1993 (AP), All-AFC: 1989 (UPI, PW), 1990 (UPI, PW), 1991 (UPI, PW), 1992 (UPI, PW), 1993 (UPI, PW), At time of his retirement following 2000 season, [2nd] Most Consecutive Seasons 1,000 or More Yards Rushing - 8 (1989-1996) But for real, Marv, you are my inspiration. In case you don't know it, I grew up an only child. Raiders, Jan. 20, 1991) Congratulations to Bill Polian, Indianapolis Colts, for winning the Super Bowl. https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=485836 The Buffalo Bills, who had no first round pick that year, selected Thomas, an All-America running back, in the second round with the 40th overall pick. . Not once did you ever miss anything, even if I made you mad. Thomas started the game at running back. It's not about me. With him being behind me and not wanting him to take my job, if he ran 10 100-yard sprints, I had to run 11. Yes, he reigns today as the Bills all time leader in rushing yards, in rushing touchdowns, in thousand yard plus seasons, in hundred yard or more rushing games. He had 15 rushes for 135 yards and one touchdown. He also had two receptions for 22 yards. [Tied for 1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game - 3 (vs. Kansas City, Jan. 23, 1994) [Tied for 2nd] Most Points Scored, Career - 126 Mr. Wilson, you made all this possible. You have made me grow from a child to the man. Eli, I asked, Did you say this guy has character or that he is a character? [Tied for 3rd] Most Points Scored, Career - 522 [Tied for 2nd] Most Games 100 or More Yards Rushing, Career - 6 Touchdown Leader: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1991 MVP/Player of the Year (PFWA, AP, SN) Thurman Thomas announced a new scholarship at Erie Community College Tuesday that will cover tuition, books and other costs for three disadvantaged students each year, beginning in the Winter 2019 semester.
Jim Kelly, Kent Hull, Cornelius Bennett, Reuben Brown, Darryl Talley, Pete Metzelaars, Shane Conlan, Kenny Davis, Leonard Smith, John Davis, John Fina, John Kidd, Adam Lingner, Chris Moore, Scott Norwood, Nate Odomes, Glen Parker, Marlow Perry, Mark Pike, future Hall of Famer Andre Reed, Sam Rogers, future Hall of Famer Bruce Smith, Frank Reich, Butch Rolle, and Will Wolford, and also Ted Washington, the greatest teammates a family could ever have, thank you.
My grandmother, Dorothy Cavanaugh, I can still see you prancing around the stadiums at all my games because you were too nervous to sit in your seat. I love you. I look at all of you today and every memory comes back. To Pat Jones, my head coach in college, had it not been for you rushing me over those four years 30 to 40 and sometimes 40 to 50 times a game, I might have played more than 13 years (smiling). Well, I'll tell you, I was disheartened. Well, when our turn to pick finally came, seven running backs had already been selected. I love you both. Thomas retired as the NFL's ninth ranked rusher with 12,074 yards and added another 4,458 yards on 472 catches.
God bless you all and bless those of you who lost your lives fighting for our freedom and safety. My dad, Thurman, Sr., my uncle Grady, and all my cousins that played. Quickly I raised my hand. [3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game - 26 (vs. Denver, Jan. 12, 1992), AFC Statistical Championships
I don't know how to thank you for the support our team has shown over the years. He had 16 rushes for 37 yards and one touchdown. My in laws who were commonly referred to as the outlaws. Thank you very much. All I can say is thank you, God, for giving us that little girl. Love you, Bruce. No. If Angel can't brighten your day, make you smile, then you have to be a pretty tough cookie. .All-AFC 1989-1993, All-AFC Second Team 1994. . The wives didn't completely understand our camaraderie, which I think at least now most of them do. Super Bowl XXVI - Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24 Just ask Jim Kelly and Frank Reich about that.
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