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November 9, 2010

Bills All-Time Great, Hall of Fame RB, Thurman Thomas Interview

by Max Strauss

Thurman Thomas attended Oklahoma State University, and during his time there he accumulated 897 attempts, 4595 yards, and 43 touchdowns. He is the all time leading rusher in OSU history, and he was known for being the only person ever to put Barry Sanders on the bench. He entered the 1988 NFL Draft, and was selected 40th overall by the Buffalo Bills. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after compiling over 12,000 rushing yards, and over 4,000 receiving yards in his career. Check out our interview.

Strauss : Why do you use twitter?

Thomas : Just to communicate with friends and fans.

Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?

Thomas : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star? Why?

Thomas : Walter Payton and Earl Campbell.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV Show? Why?

Thomas : Sanford and Son.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Thomas : Full Metal Jacket.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Thomas : Angel pie, that’s what we call our second daughter.

Strauss : What would your last meal on earth be?

Thomas : Lobster, salad, green beans, diet coke, and a hot fudge sundae.

Strauss : How long have you played football?

Thomas : Didn’t start playing until 8th grade.

Strauss : Did you have a favorite sport besides football?

Thomas : Baseball was my favorite.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory from Oklahoma State?

Thomas : Keeping Barry Sanders on the bench 4 two yrs.

Strauss : What was the best thing you learned at Oklahoma State helping you the most in the NFL?

Thomas : Running between the tackles, it made me tougher.

Strauss : What was your draft day experience like? When were you expecting to get drafted?

Thomas : Excited, but teams told me I would go in first round.

Strauss : What is your favorite memory with the Bills?

Thomas : 51-3 in the AFC Championship Game.

Strauss : What is the most vivid memory from any Super Bowl?

Thomas : Two teams- Red, White, and Blue… The Desert Storm.

Strauss : Who was your best buddy from the Bills? What was the best memory you had of that player?

Thomas : Biscuit, just his speed and quickness.

Strauss : What is it like being a Hall of Fame RB? What is it like to look back on your career and see that you amassed over 12,000 rushing yards??

Thomas : Never cared about stats. I didn’t actually know how many yards, I retired with…

Strauss : Who had the most impact on your career? How?

Thomas : Elijah Pitts (RB Coach in Buffalo) told stories about Lombardi.

Strauss : If you could look back on one play, and you had to tell people that never had a chance to see you play, that “this play” of thurman thomas would define your career, what would that play be?

Thomas : I don’t think one play defines a career.

Strauss : What do you want your career to be remembered for?

Thomas : Not being selfish, being a team guy.

Strauss : What is your nickname? Why?

Thomas : Squatty, I don’t really know why.

Strauss : What is your favorite charity? Why?

Thomas : I don’t have a favorite one. All charities are great.

Strauss : What is an experience that changed your life?

Thomas : Having my first kid. Responsibility came at a young age.(twenty-three).

Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

Thomas : Vanilla, no clue why.

Strauss : What is your favorite quote? Why?

Thomas : “Let Go and Let God.”

Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, what is the best advice you can give them?

Thomas : Work hard, but always have a second plan.

Strauss : Thank you for your time Thurman.

Thomas : Thank you Max.


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