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The city just handed the ball off to Thurman Thomas in hopes of scoring another big one. The construction company co-owned by the legendary former Buffalo Bills running back won a contract from the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to oversee one of the smaller Northland Corridor projects, the future home of Project Rainfall. BUDC selected Thomas' 34 Group LLC as const…

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Like the versatile running back that it glorifies, the NFL Network documentary, “Thurman Thomas: A Football Life,” works on multiple levels. Narrated by actor Josh Charles, the NFL Films production scores as the biography of the great Buffalo Bills running back, as a nostalgia piece, as a history lesson for fans too young to remember the team’s glory days, and as a publ…

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Thurman Thomas and his family long ago recognized the importance of helping disadvantaged students afford an education at SUNY Erie Community College. Since 1994, they've offered a scholarship that covers $500 for books. Now, as the Hall of Fame running back put it, they "upped the ante" through a partnership between the Thurman Thomas Family Foundation and the SUNY Eri…

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James White scored from the 1-yard line, the first touchdown allowed by the Buffalo Bills all night, prompting a small but unmistakable initial wave of fans to exit the stadium. The New England Patriots led by 12 after a failed two-point conversion. There was 9:58 remaining in the game. It was tough to blame the Bills’ faithful for bailing. It was a weeknight, aft…

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Pam Braxton sees the moment with fraternal joy. When the Buffalo Bills host the New England Patriots in today's Monday night game, Thurman Thomas will have his number officially retired. Amid one of the greatest careers in Bills history, corresponding to the years when this city watched its National Football League team win like it had never won before, Thomas came to d…

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Everything you need to know, plus what I’ll be watching for Monday when the Buffalo Bills host the New England Patriots. TV: ESPN. Announcers: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Jason Witten, Booger McFarland (color analysts). Radio: Bills Radio Network. Buffalo-WGR 550 AM; Toronto-Fan 590 AM; Rochester-WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM; Syracuse-WTKW 99.5 FM and WTKV 105.5 FM…

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Call it a game between teams in the same division. Call it the Buffalo Bills’ annual chance to win the lottery, catch lightning in a bottle or find a needle in a haystack. Call it almost anything you like. Just don’t call what the Bills and New England Patriots have a rivalry. “It wasn’t pertaining to the Bills and Patriots, but somebody – and I can't remember …

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills’ game against the New England Patriots Monday night at New Era Field: 1. Is it possible for Derek Anderson to rebound from his horrific Bills debut last week? Counting on that is probably a reach. An extra week of practice is unlikely to bring any sort of transformation for a quarterback who threw three interceptions and lo…

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The numbers ultimately led to the retirement of the number. Thurman Thomas generated amazing statistics during 13 NFL seasons, all but one spent with the Buffalo Bills. There were his 12,074 rushing yards, his 4.2 yards per carry, his 65 rushing touchdowns, his 472 receptions, his 4,458 receiving yards and his 23 receiving touchdowns. Thanks to that production, the B…

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Marcellus Wiley is 43, yet he never allows his mind to drift too far from that kid who grew up surrounded by poverty and violence in South Central Los Angeles. “The kid that was on the bus stop waiting for an hour to just go on a five-minute drive,” he said. “I just remember food stamps and welfare checks and the shame. I remember just not having opportunities. “I’m …

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As you might imagine, Nathan Peterman's meltdown in Week 1 inspired plenty of questions for this week's mailbag. Let's get to them ... Brendan Sweet asks: What are the chances the Bills bring in a veteran quarterback and release Nathan Peterman? If so, who would it be? Any chance they'd sign Colin Kaepernick? Brian Vattimo asks: Don’t you think the Bills should add a…

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Cedric Holloway has been around for a long time as a police detective sergeant in Buffalo. During 32 years with the department, he has seen too many instances of grief. To sleep at night, he learned to push those tragedies into the back of his mind, once an investigation was over. Yet Holloway does not want to move past his first reaction to a story he heard last month,…

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Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will be featured on the new season of "A Football Life" on the NFL Network. The NFL Films-produced documentaries air at 8 p.m. Fridays, beginning with the Sept. 14 season premiere on Carson Palmer. A date has not been announced for the Thomas episode, though it will air no earlier than mid-October. Other subjects …

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Susan Braun, the chief executive officer of the V Foundation, has heard some incredible stories of perseverance in her six trips to the ESPYs. The Jimmy V Award is bestowed annually to "a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination." In 2013, Braun's first ESPYs, Dick Hoyt and son Rick, born with cere…

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You can count Thurman Thomas among those upset with Terrell Owens' decision to skip the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. "I'm a little ticked off that he's not coming," the Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills running back said Saturday morning at the Buffalo-based Professional Football Researchers Association Convention in the Buffalo History Museum auditorium. "…