Bills LB Pat Thomas was not your typically happy free agent after signing in the offseason with the Bills. He was extremely pleased to be a part of the Bills organization.
The reason why is growing up (in Miami of all places!) he was a huge Bills fan, and admitted it was a big factor in deciding to sign with Buffalo.
“This was my favorite football team when I was growing up,” said Thomas. ”I’m from Miami, but I grew up a Bills fan, always did, always loved the Bills. When I had the opportunity to become a player here I thought, ‘Hey I’ve got to take it.’”
Thomas, who is battling with Marcus Buggs for the backup MLB spot behind Paul Posluszny credits his father for his loyal following of the Bills.
“My dad rooted for all the New York teams, but I gravitated to the Bills,” he said.
Thomas grew up watching the early 90′s Bills, and despite being a linebacker his favorite player was not on the defensive side of the ball.
“My all-time favorite was Thurman Thomas. When I was younger I played running back also, plus the guy had the same last name as me. I mean c’mon how could I not be a fan of that guy. He was amazing.”
Thomas is well aware that the Hall of Fame running back drops by One Bills Drive sometimes and has a local television show in the Buffalo, The Thurman Thomas Show, that airs during the season.
“I’m hoping I do get the opportunity to meet him,” said Thomas. “A lot of good memories watching that guy play.”
Amen to that.
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