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Thurman Thomas

Running Back

Thurman Lee Thomas

Inducted 2008

Date of Birth



Houston, TX


Oklahoma State University (1984-1987)


Twice named a first-team All-America pick (1985-consensus, 1987), 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 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. He twice placed in the top ten of the Heisman voting. Buffalo selected Thomas in the second round in 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 in 2007.


Height 5'11

Weight 186

Career Highlights

  • 1987 All-Conference
  • 1987 Conference MVP
  • 1987 First Team All-America
  • 1987 Heisman - Seventh
  • 1986 All-Conference
  • 1985 All-Conference
  • 1985 Conference MVP
  • 1985 Consensus All-America
  • 1985 Heisman - Tenth
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