Ever since the Bills' first Super Bowl, where a wannabe first-round draft choice should've won the MVP, I have been amazed at the play of No. 34.
The day has come where people now question his ability. They say he is too old, has lost a step and does not have that drive anymore. I say "bull." The naysayers point to his yards-per-carry average vs. Antowain Smith's, but let us look a little closer. Thurman Thomas has been given most of his carries in the first and second quarters of games. The Bills offensive line has been dismal in the first half. Antowain Smith has generally run the ball in the later stages when the line is performing better. The Bills have also been playing from behind, therefore the opposing defense is focusing on the passing game.
I admit that Antowain will get more yards by just driving through tacklers. That has never been Thurman's game. I think we all know that Thurman can set up his blockers better and is a much better receiver. Experience does count for something.
I still see the fire in Thurman. I see him making plays and surpassing milestones. He may be ready to hand over the torch to Antowain, but I am not. To Thurman, I say this: I remember a young, dejected player sitting in his family room waiting to be drafted with the world watching. I remember you swore to prove them all wrong. I look back on that day and thank all the other NFL teams for passing you bye. We have been blessed here in Buffalo to have seen one of the best running backs in the history of the NFL perform. I have just one more favor to ask of you, could you prove them all wrong again?