"I live here. I'm still involved with the community and still involved with the Buffalo Bills".
Thurman Thomas wore the number 34 during his time with the team.
Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas, who spent 12 seasons with the Bills from 1988-1999, is set to be honored prior to the team's October 29 game against the New England Patriots.
When it's your birthday AND you find out your number is getting retired.
Thomas joined the Bills' Wall of Fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
"To be a part of history and be a part of being retired with Jim, being retired with Bruce, thanks so much from the bottom of my heart, the bottom of my family's heart", Thomas said during the team's announcement on Facebook.
Thomas spent the first 12 seasons of his 13-year career in Buffalo after the franchise selected him in the second round of the 1988 National Football League draft. "I'm overwhelmed", Thomas wrote on Twitter. The jersey retirement will be nationally televised, as the Bills vs. Patriots clash will take place on a Monday night. "For Kim and Terry to do this for a player that never even played for them, but they know and recognize the history of what I did here with the Buffalo Bills and what Bruce did here with the Buffalo Bills is very humbling knowing that they're doing this for me".
Thomas played a major role on a Bills team that appeared in the Super Bowl on four consecutive occasions in the early 1990s.