Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas will appear at Frontier Field on Friday, July 19 when the Red Wings host the Syracuse Chiefs at 7:15 p.m.. Thomas will sign autographs for fans from 6-6:45 p.m. in front of the Red Wings Hall of Fame (1st base side of the concourse), courtesy of Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino.
There will be a limit of one autograph per person, and Mr. Thomas will not be able to personalize or write the inscription "Hall of Fame" on any items.
Thomas currently holds the all-time Buffalo Bills rushing record with 11,938 yards and the team record for yards from scrimmage with 16,279 over 12 years. He is also 4th overall in team scoring. Overall, Thomas finished his 13 seasons (his 13th season he played for Miami) with 12,074 rushing yards, 472 receptions for 4,458 yards, and 88 touchdowns (65 rushing and 23 receiving) with 16,532 total yards from scrimmage. He is one of six players (Jim Brown, Lenny Moore, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, and Herschel Walker) to exceed 60 TDs rushing and 20 TDs receiving.
Thomas is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in total yards from scrimmage for four consecutive seasons. He is one of only six running backs to have over 400 receptions and 10,000 yards rushing. Thomas is also one of five running backs to have rushed for over 1,000 yards in 8 consecutive seasons. Thomas also set NFL playoff records with the most career points (126), touchdowns (21), and consecutive playoff games with a touchdown (9). Overall, he rushed for 1,442 yards and caught 76 passes for 672 yards in his 21 postseason games. He is also the first player ever to score a touchdown in 4 consecutive Super Bowls.
Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino is in the middle of a $28 miilion expansion and renovation of its gaming facilities, with a fall 2013 opening targeted. The improvements will include the new 34 Rush Thurman Thomas Sports Bar; click here for an update and photos of the expansion plans. Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino is also the sponsor of the post-game fireworks on July 19, and presents the Red Wings Player of the Week award each Monday.
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The Rochester Red Wings are the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The Red Wings are operated by Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. and have been a community-owned pro baseball franchise since 1957; Rochester's pro baseball history dates back to 1885.
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