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To the OP’s question; everything.

His very first carry in the ‘88 Opener vs Minnesota, he hit the line off Hull’s butt, bounced sideways through the LBs until they dragged him down after an 8 yard gain. It would become his signature play for 12 years, repeated hundreds of times.

His last carry with the Dolphins? Slashing off the right side for a sideways 8 yard gain.

Brilliant player. Kudos to the Bills for this fantastic gesture.

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8 minutes ago, frostbitmic said:

You just hit the trifecta ... running the ball, catching the ball, blocking on pass plays when that was his job ... THURMAN DID IT ALL !!!

 

#34 should never be worn by a Bills player ever again.

 

If only he could keep better track of his helmet! I was at the Redskins SB and he wasn’t in the backfield on the first play. I was sure we were doing something very clever - but it was the opposite....   😱

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I was at this game and will never forget how hard TT ran in that game.  We win the game, we win the East.  If Miami wins, they win the East.  What a game.  I remember the fans rushing onto the field in celebration, tearing down the goal posts on the tunnel end, and seeing one of the uprights make its way over the top of the visitor's side upper deck.

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He put more faith in his lead blockers, than I've ever seen.  He always seemed to find his way through traffic to gain yards.

So much fun to watch.

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What Do I Remember about Thurman Thomas ?

 

.....that I should go to Batavia Downs to gamble and have Dr. Todd Shatkin look at my teeth. 

 

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Post game press conference after a playoff game against Miami...said "We kicked their ass" and remember seeing it on ESPN and commentator saying, "Wait...can you say "ass" on tv"?  Apparently, you could...and he did.

 

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Thurman was main attraction for a local stores grand opening near me a few years back, I was 3rd in line (Thanks to a great wife who waited for 4 hours, while I was at work, God bless her), Thurman was almost an hour late. He blamed his driver and joked about hiring new driver lol.. Great personality and all around stand up guy (let alone player).

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One of the first (maybe the first, I can't remember) to take the snap directly from the center and go through the 'A' gap.  No opposing defense was able to stop him from ripping off a big chunk of yardage.

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An absolutely true story:  Ten years ago, I got lost and somehow ended up on a rural stretch of road in Colden, NY.

 

Initially stubborn about admitting that I was lost, I drove around in circles for awhile, thinking I'll get my bearings straightened out eventually. Only when the needle on my gas gauge touched "E", I had little choice but to seek help, and told myself first house I see I'll stop and ask someone for help.

 

After climbing a steep incline, I noticed a house on my left. Drove down into the steeped driveway, where several vehicles sat together a couple of first downs from the house. Knocked on the door, and guess who answers? I kid you not, No. 34, took me less than a few seconds to realize it was him out of uniform.

 

Stood there trying not to show I was Star-struck. Not only did he help me point old "Betsy" into the right direction, he took the time to honor my on the spot request for an autograph for my young kids.

 

A Class Act.

 

You always know a man's true colors when the cameras aren't rolling, and he has nothing to gain, yet conducts himself with class. Congratulations!, Mr. Thomas on the retirement of your jersey.

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Met him at my hotel a few years ago after a function.

 

He was sitting with several local sport radio guys and some area sports writers. He was obviously tipsy and every other word out of his mouth was curse words.

 

He actually told a story of how he ended up a Dolphin and how he went off on Polian and Ralph Wilson.

 

Hes a cool  mofo though! 

 

Congrats to 34! Long overdue for the best all purpose back ever!

Wouldnt have went to 4 straight without him!

 

Thanks Thurman! 

 

 

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I remember him rushing for 200 yds against the mighty Oklahoma Sooners and the Boz in the snow. That's when I became a Thurman Thomas fan and wished like hell that the Bills draft him.

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The Monday night game against the Jets where he could of gone for the game rushing record, but went out when it was in the bag, saving himself for the long haul.

 

The playoff game against the Chiefs where they just couldnt stop our running game

 

Superbowl 25 he should of had 35 touches..

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3 things...

 

1.  Best blitzing pick up RB in Bills history

2.  Putting Lawrence Taylor on skates before scoring in 1990 regular season game

3.  Super Bowl XXV-best player on the field

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I remember Flutie tossing him a lateral downfield for some extra yardage at my first ever game at the Ralph.

 

BTW, not sure if it was mentioned but Happy Birthday Thurman! I found out earlier today that he and my eldest son were both born on May 16.

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3 hours ago, Rockinon said:

He was the key for that K-gun offense.  Always on the same page with Kelly. Did almost everything well....don't think he was that great at blocking until later in his career(Even then not great).  That fast paced offense combined with Thurman's ability to run or catch really kept defenses on their heels. Definitely had a chip on his shoulder and never seemed to get tired. Wore entire defenses out by the beginning of the second half.

 

3 hours ago, Rockinon said:

He was the key for that K-gun offense.  Always on the same page with Kelly. Did almost everything well....don't think he was that great at blocking until later in his career(Even then not great).  That fast paced offense combined with Thurman's ability to run or catch really kept defenses on their heels. Definitely had a chip on his shoulder and never seemed to get tired. Wore entire defenses out by the beginning of the second half.

Thumb's up!

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3 hours ago, DC Tom said:

Pouting on the bench after fumbling on two straight possessions against Dallas in SB XXVIII.

 

Players fumble.  No big deal.  But champions don't pout.  The pouting sucked the life out of a team that was dominating Dallas the first half of that game.  

 

That whole team just... I don't know, do you think it was all Thurman that brought that energy level down.

 

I'll never forget Aikman in the 30 for 30 saying they got outplayed, but as they entered the Tunnel together they could just tell that the Bills were off, they just seemed down and a bit almost combative with each other.

 

I'll never forget the bootleg between him and Flutie were he was supposed to take the ball on a hand off and he didn't and flutie was like wtf am I gonna do here, and just ran it in easy. Even though I'm sure he was panicking.

8 minutes ago, SinceThe70s said:

 

I remember Flutie tossing him a lateral downfield for some extra yardage at my first ever game at the Ralph.

 

BTW, not sure if it was mentioned but Happy Birthday Thurman! I found out earlier today that he and my eldest son were both born on May 16.

 

Nice first game, I remember that play too. That was crazy, I'm not the biggest Flutie fan, and that's another debate, but he was fun to watch.

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1 hour ago, Happy Gilmore said:

One of the first (maybe the first, I can't remember) to take the snap directly from the center and go through the 'A' gap.  No opposing defense was able to stop him from ripping off a big chunk of yardage.

Would use that play on Tecmo Super Bowl all the time.

 

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It’s weird, my most vivid memory was TT getting a screen pass to the left and i think the hit he received lacerated his liver... it looked brutal.

 

I seen to remember it was the Colts... 

 

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