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3 hours ago, klos63 said:

The AFC championship game against the Chiefs. His best rushing game ever IMO. He was amazing that game.

 

That's what comes to mind when I think of Thurman.  He could have gone for 200+ that game.

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Don’t recall the game, but he caught a ball down the right sideline stretched out and horizontal to the field.

 

What I truly loved was knowing when the ball was handed off, he’d do his best to gain yards, and he did.  When the ball was thrown to him, he’d do his best to catch and run, and did.

 

Dont ever recall him taking any play off.

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I'm not an X's and O's guy, but I also remember the delayed hand-offs (counters?) that always seemed to work.

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This may have been mentioned as I didn't read through each page.  I loved when he would turn and back peddle for another 3-4 yards.  

 

He was an awfully creative runner that was durable and did so many things.

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The draw out of the shotgun.  Was amazing how effective he was on that play - even when they ran it so often it often lost the element of surprise.

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     Two things come to mind immediately.

      I remember the way he would put his hand on the back of a lineman and just let the play develop, just taking his time and the next thing you knew he was 8 to 10 yards down field. He was SO consistently patient and understood how to let his blockers set up in a way I haven’t seen in a long time.

     I remember a post game presser fairly early in his rookie season with Marv talking about how he had told the coaches and Kelly not to think of him as a rookie but give him a full load because Thurman could handle it.

MAGIC TIMES!!!!!

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I remember him winning SuperBowl XXV MVP.

 

Oh crap Marv Levy and Darryl Talley screwed that up...

2 hours ago, SinceThe70s said:

I'm not an X's and O's guy, but I also remember the delayed hand-offs (counters?) that always seemed to work.

Counter trey started by Washington and perfected by Buffalo.  Not used much anymore with both the G and OT pulling.  Not sure why.  Counter is still used in multiple different formations and variations.  Curious if anyone knows if defenses eventually found a counter measure?  OLB/DE reading the puling OT and immediately attacking the backfield ignoring the RB motion?  

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I remember his diving catch on the sideline in the home opener in 1992 vs the LA Rams.  It was one of the best catches I have ever seen.  I have looked online forever to find it and I can't.

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He would run into a pile up of bodies and somehow would get through and pick up 10-15 yards. Still my favorite RB to watch in the 90's along with Barry Sanders.

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The first time I ever saw Thurman was during a post game interview after the Bills beat Miami. I forget exactly what the reporter asked, but Thurman's response was "They got their ass kicked". Given my hatred for Marino and the Dolphins, that response solidified my loyalty to the Bills.

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His rookie season he missed a couple of games with nagging injuries. One being the 31-6 win over Dolphins on a Monday night in Miami. (I was there). Thurman said later on Talley pulled him aside and told him that needed to play through these injuries . Every player is hurting but you are very important to the team and we need you out there. Thurman said that helped him become the player he was.

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14 hours ago, Azucho98 said:

Dolphin killer

 

Greatest tribute to Thurman came from Dolphins DC Tom Olivadotti following the ‘95 Playoff game.

 

Reporter: How do you stop Thurman Thomas?

Olivadotti: Trade for him

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I remember us drafting him and how the big story was his drop to the 2nd rd. That was a gift that was a big catalyst to the SB years

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2 minutes ago, ddaryl said:

I remember us drafting him and how the big story was his drop to the 2nd rd. That was a gift that was a big catalyst to the SB years

It helped that we didn’t have a 1st round pick -trading it in the Great Halloween Trade the previous year for Cornelius Bennett. Thomas was so pissed at all the other teams, he swore vengeance on them from Buffalo’s backfield. 

Thank you, Bill Polian!

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Truly defined the term "all-around" back.  There was nothing he didn't do exceptionally well -- rushing, receiving, pass blocking.

 

Thurman also typified the sort of player who could use a "slight" -- real or perceived -- to motivate himself even further.

 

When I think of Thurman I immediately think of all the games against Miami -- he just owned the Fish.

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10 hours ago, Chicken Boo said:

 

That's what comes to mind when I think of Thurman.  He could have gone for 200+ that game.

well, he did have 186 yds

3 minutes ago, eball said:

Truly defined the term "all-around" back.  There was nothing he didn't do exceptionally well -- rushing, receiving, pass blocking.

 

Thurman also typified the sort of player who could use a "slight" -- real or perceived -- to motivate himself even further.

 

When I think of Thurman I immediately think of all the games against Miami -- he just owned the Fish.

and hated them as much as we did

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His passion and hatred whenever we played the Dolphins will always stick out in my mind. Unfortunately, so will the fact that he went directly to the Dolphins when his time in Buffalo was finished.

 

To be honest, meeting Thurman Thomas when I was 12 years old will always be the worst fan/player experience of my life. He was incredibly rude and mean to a kid who was just trying to say hi to one of his heroes. I'll let it slide, and I'll forgive, but it's impossible to forget.

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Other than being amazing, I remember he had a funny looking helmet. The facemask appeared to stick out extra far. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Maybe it was the shape of his head. Who knows. 

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Standing in the parent pick hall at Ellicott Elementary, realizing that I was standing next to Thurman ... and figuring out he's is such a normal guy, just the next parent in line to pick up his son.

 

That ... and every time he touched the ball, he was a threat to take it to the house.

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What’s really interesting is that I can’t point to any one play or moment.  It was simply his consistency and unbelievable presence in the offense.  For as good as he was he was never flashy.  He simply produced and produced.  As others said he never took a play off and never let up.

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Direct Snap

Could truly play as a wide receiver

Toughness

Played great in big games

Had 268 yards from scrimmage in week one against the fish after holding out til the last minute.

Averaged over 2000 yards from scrimmage over a 4 year period

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