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NFL wants best picks of all time

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2010 – 9:00 am

In celebration of the 75th NFL Draft, which kicks off in primetime for the first time on Thurs. April 22, fans now can help choose the 75 Most Valuable Draft Picks of all time. You can vote for your choices at now through April 18. 

The 10 Most Valuable Draft Picks will be announced during Round 1, when many of the Top 10 will be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall, the home of the 2010 NFL Draft. The order of the Top 10 will be revealed after the conclusion of the Second Round of the Draft on Friday night.  Many of these players will be on hand for the announcement. editors narrowed down the first 74 Drafts to a list of the top 320 players, consisting of 10 players from each team.  Fans begin the process of determining the Most Valuable Draft Pick by choosing between pairs of players randomly generated from the list of 320 greats.  After selecting winners of 30 random matchups, fans will begin to build their own Top 10 list.  Fans may continue to vote in order to make changes to their personal Top 10 list as well as the All-Time Top 10 announced at the Draft. Users then may share their lists and their head-to-head winners on Facebook. delivers comprehensive information on each of the 320 players, including the player’s draft information and career accomplishments to help the voters make educated selections in determining the Most Valuable Pick.

Below is the list of Bills nominees.
Gary Anderson – never played for the Bills, but was a late round draft pick that went on to be one of the league’s all-time scorers.
Ruben Brown – 8 Pro Bowls
Joe DeLamielleure – Hall of Famer
Jim Kelly – Hall of Famer
Reggie McKenzie – Well known member of the Electric Company
Andre Reed – Bills Wall of Famer, 4 time HOF finalist
O.J. Simpson – Hall of Famer
Fred Smerlas – Bills Wall of Famer
Bruce Smith – Hall of Famer
Thurman Thomas – Hall of Famer

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Pulling for Andre

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2010 – 12:00 pm

Andre Reed’s former Bills teammates aren’t being shy about pulling for the Hall of Fame finalist.

Here was HOF RB Thurman Thomas’ show of support on his twitter account.

thurmanthomas RT @pthomas3434: Let’s go Andre, let’s go, CLAP CLAP, Let’s go Andre, let’s go, CLAP CLAP

The 2010 HOF induction class will be announced at 5:30 pm on NFL Network this afternoon. Reed has an uphill battle with Jerry Rice and Cris Carter also among the finalists.

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Thurman gives shout out to Cowher

Posted by Chris Brown on January 7, 2010 – 11:35 am

Bills Hall of Fame RB Thurman Thomas gave a shout out to Bill Cowher on his twitter account.

Thomas tried to appeal to Cowher by sharing with him the rabid fan following in Buffalo in one of his recent twitter posts.

thurmanthomas    Hey Cowher, besides The Steeler and Cowboys, this the best Fan Base. Not Tampa or Carolina, r any other team period!!!!!

As much as I agree with Thurman on the fan base (and Thurman, I like the passion), I don’t think that’s a potential sticking point, if there is one, for Cowher. How aggressive the team is willing to be in free agency and final say on personnel decisions are more of what Cowher is interested in getting clarification on if things have even gotten that far.

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Thurman encourages T.O.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 10:04 am

It’s been a tough start to the season for anyone wearing a Bills uniform with the team off to a 1-4 start. Terrell Owens has never been on a team that has started 1-4.

He’s been on two teams that started 1-3, that’s the closest he’s come and the last time that happened was 2003, his last season with the 49ers.

Former Bills like Thurman Thomas and Darryl Talley have been pretty outspoken on twitter about the team’s shortcomings thus far this season, but Buffalo’s Hall of Fame running back had some encouraging words for Owens leading up to Sunday’s game with the Jets.

thurmanthomas @terrellowens Big stage and I know u r a big time player.Keep working hard

Thomas is referring to New York as the big stage. By the way Thurman also predicted a Bills win on his twitter account (24-23).

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Thurman statue carving found

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 10:11 am

Looks like the Thurman Thomas chain saw carving statue that disappeared last Sunday has been found.

According to the Associated Press it was somehow smuggled across the border into Canada.

The thing is 8 1/2 feet tall! I’d imagine there were some interesting questions for the culprits at the border.

Anyhow the guys that found wooden Thurman claim they saved him from being burned at the stake by the hoodlums.

Now the task is getting it back to the States.

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My pics from Hall of Fame night

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2009 – 2:07 pm

It was one heck of an evening in Canton for the Bills family. Here are just a few of the photos from the evening’s festivities including Mr. Wilson’s private party. I’ve got to say he pulled out all the stops. Wait until you see the photo of his cake at the bottom unbelievable!

Pardon the lack of top quality images as I took these with the camera on my blackberry. First I snapped a quick pic of Bruce with Thurman and Jim Kelly next to his bust shortly after Bruce’s speech.













Then it was off to Mr. Wilson’s private party to first cover the event and then get some food myself (we barely had dinner). With a live band from Buffalo going all night, the 50th anniversary season was celebrated in ice, Mr. Wilson’s bust was on display and guarded by a HOF representative. Mr. Wilson’s party tent was about 100 yards long. And of course his cake courtesy of Dessert Deli back home in Buffalo was ridiculous.



























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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, 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 ( 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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