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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: One of the greats

December 24, 1995 -- Thurman Thomas joined some very good company on Christmas Eve in 1995.
He reached 1,000 yards rushing for the seventh straight season -- only the third back in NFL history to do that.

It didn't long for Thomas to get the milestone out of the way. He ran for nine yards on the fifth play from scrimmage, and that put him at 1,005 yards fo rthe season.

Thomas checked out of the lineup after that. In a sense, the Bills did too. Buffalo dropped a 28-17 decision to the Houston Oilers in a meaningless game for both teams. The crowd was only 45,253, which wasn't surprising on a snowy, cold Christmas Eve.

The Bills were looking ahead at that point to a playoff game. The Miami Dolphins were coming back to town in the coming week. The AFC East rivals had squared off in the past, and Buffalo had the better of the matchup for the past few years.

Dolphins coach Don Shula didn't care at that point. "I've never been so happy to go to Buffalo," Shula told NBC after his team's 41-22 victory over St. Louis.