Feb. 27, 2014
WACO, Texas – Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas is one of eight athletes who will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2014 Thursday at the Class of 2014 Induction Banquet Presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. The banquet will be held at Baylor's Ferrell Center at 7:00 p.m.
The class was announced in late 2013, with this evening’s banquet marking its official induction.
Thomas played for the Cowboys from 1984-1987 and is the school’s all-time leader in career rushing yards. He ran for 5,001 yards and scored 50 touchdowns over his four-year career. He was Oklahoma State’s leading rusher in each of his four seasons and was the Big Eight leader in both 1985 and 1987. He was an All-American and voted the Big Eight Conference’s offensive player of the year after both seasons.
In 1985, he rushed for 1,650 yards, good for fourth in America. In 1987, his 1,767 yards were the third-most nationally. His 22 career 100-yard rushing games are second in OSU history only to Terry Miller’s 26.
A knee injury prevented Thomas from being a first-round draft choice, but Buffalo stole him in the second round in 1988. He was that team’s most effective weapon in four straight Super Bowl seasons, and he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player after the 1991 season.
He is a 2007 inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining his OSU teammate, Barry Sanders. His No. 34 jersey is one of three no longer in use at Oklahoma State.
Thomas was a 2008 inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame.
He is joined in the Class of 2014 by former University of Texas and Detroit Lions DT Doug English, former UNLV and NBA All Star Larry Johnson, former Texas A&M and NFL OT Charlie Krueger, former Texas A&M LB Dat Nguyen, former Texas Ranger catcher Ivan Rodriguez, NCAA & Olympic 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross and former Baylor and Houston Oilers QB Don Trull.