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Pat Thomas now playing for his all-time favorite team

Posted by Chris Brown on July 28, 2009 – 3:43 pm

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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Watch Thurman’s College HOF induction online

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2009 – 3:00 pm

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced that its Annual Enshrinement Show in South Bend, Ind., will be streamed live on ESPN360.com, ESPN’s 24/7 live broadband sports network, today (Saturday) from 8:30 – 10:15 p.m. ET, making the event available to fans nationwide on the Internet. Bills Pro Football Hall of Famer is one of this year’s inductees.

You will be able watch live right here.

Among the other inductees are Troy Aikman, WNY native Jim Dombrowksi and Syracuse’s Don McPherson.


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HOFers that have RSVP’d for induction day

Posted by Chris Brown on July 10, 2009 – 4:09 pm

More than 70 Hall of Famers have RSVP’d and will be attending enshrinement ceremonies on Aug. 8 at the Pro Football HOF in Canton. And there are several former Bills on that list as expected.

Among the Bills HOF’ers who have already RSVP’d are Joe D., Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, James Lofton and Billy Shaw. I think it’s safe to assume that Thurman Thomas will be attending knowing he’s one of Bruce Smith’s closest friends. He just probably hasn’t sent the RSVP back yet.

Here’s the whole list of the HOF’ers that have RSVP’d that you can expect to see if you’re attending HOF weekend.


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San Fran writer needs to be straightened out

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2009 – 2:43 pm

Ladies and gentlemen of Bills Nation, I have a humble request if you hold your native hometown and its football franchise sacred. Many times Buffalo, and the Bills for that matter, have been denigrated by an assortment of sports writers over the years. It’s often an easy and convenient way for lazy journalists to fill space in their columns. And S.F. Chronicle writer Bruce Jenkins may be the most misinformed of them all.

In a T.O. signing spin-off column he proceeds to insult not only the city of Buffalo, but the history of the Bills franchise, claiming O.J. and T.O. are the only flamboyant stars in the team’s history. Sure he lists some names from Bills history in passing, but he dismisses Thurman Thomas and completely forgets Bruce Smith. Yup, Smith was not even mentioned.

You know, Bruce Smith, the league’s all-time sack leader, the guy that’s going into the Hall of Fame this summer?

Jenkins also dismisses Buffalo’s history. While the Bills can’t claim the Super Bowl titles of the 49ers in the 80′s, the Bills certainly have a prouder history from the early days.

From 1950-1980 the 49ers have only 3 division titles and four playoff appearances. Over that same span minus 10 years (Bills first AFL season was 1960) Buffalo had 3 division titles, 6 playoff appearances and a pair of AFL championships.

So please, please send this Jenkins character an email (bjenkins@sfchronicle.com) and set him straight. Tell him the 49ers history wasn’t worth much prior to Bill Walsh, isn’t any better than the Bills history in this decade right now and that he may want to look at the list for Canton this summer and realize O.J. and T.O. aren’t the only flamboyant stars in Bills franchise history.


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Thurman sets record straight on comments

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2009 – 8:14 pm

Yes, there was a Q&A during Thurman Thomas’ speech at a fund raising event in Corning, New York over the weekend. And yes, Thomas was asked what team he can’t stomach the most. But more than 15 minutes into his address and question and answer session, his comments had taken on a comedic and humorous tone.

The crowd was laughing out loud at several of Thomas’ quick-witted responses through the course of the Q&A, so when Thomas was asked what team is the most difficult for him to watch, his response in an effort to get more laughs from the crowd on hand was the Buffalo Bills.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” said Thomas. “When I gave my answer it was quickly after his question and I said it in a funny way. In no way did I think about it and provide a serious answer. I said it in a laughing manner.”

Now Thomas followed up his humorous comment with another where he made sure people understood he was joking.

“Right after I said that, I also said that I support this team,” said Thomas. “From the reaction of the crowd I felt they understood I was joking with my first comment.”

Thomas also went on to say he feels the team needs better players to get them over the hump and into the playoffs, something Thomas had said during the course of the season on his weekly Bills Television Network show that airs in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Erie, PA during the regular season.

“They do need some better players and that’s nothing different than what I had said during the 2008 season,” said Thomas. “They need some players that people look up to and respect. I even said that on my TV show.”

Thomas said he has faith that the team, with the right acquisitions and a strong draft can get things turned around.


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