Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Thurman Thomas

Thurman Thomas


  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Oklahoma State
  • High School: Willow Ridge HS (Sugarland, TX)
  • Years: 1984-1987
  • Inducted: 2008
  • Place of Birth: Houston, TX
  • Date of Birth: May 16, 1966
  • Jersey Number: 34
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 186

Member Biography

Twice named a First Team All-America pick (1985-consensus, �87), Thurman Thomas amassed 4,847 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns at Oklahoma State, catapulting him into school and conference record books. Thomas led the Big Eight in rushing and scoring in 1985 and �87 and was voted the conference�s Offensive Player of the Year both seasons. His career rushing yardage is second best all-time in the conference, trailing only 2006 College Football Hall of Famer Mike Rozier of Nebraska. The Missouri City, Texas, native earned MVP honors in the 1984 Gator Bowl and the 1987 Sun Bowl and ran for 100-plus yards 21 times at OSU. Buffalo selected Thomas in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons, appearing in four Super Bowls with the Bills. He was named to the league�s All-Decade Team of the 1990s and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year. Residing in East Aurora, N.Y., he owns and operates �Thurman Thomas Sports,� a training center dedicated to helping athletes of all ages and skill levels reach their maximum potential.