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May 17, 2013

Together again

NFL Hall-of-Famers and former Bills Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas stop by Lockport

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”I come out here at least twice a week,” Thomas said. “If they have games, four or five times a week.”
Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in his first year of eligibility. Thomas was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 and into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Thomas still holds the Bills’ all-time rushing record with 11,938 yards and the team record for yards from scrimmage with 16,279 over 12 years.
So what’s the bigger thrill, playing in the Super Bowl or being inducted into the Hall of Fame? They’re both huge accomplishments, Thomas said.
”I think, growing up where I did in Houston, it was more team-oriented,” Thomas said. “When you look at the Hall of Fame, it’s more of an individual thing. So, yeah you want to win as a team, but both of them bring different value to what you accomplish.”
Thomas said he received a text recently from newly-inducted wide receiver Cris Carter. The former Viking said making it into the Hall is a huge deal. Over 25,000 players and coaches have been in the National Football League, but only 280 made it to Canton, Ohio, where the Hall is located.
People who lined up Wednesday brought all kinds of items for the duo to sign, such as hats, pictures and jerseys. The Boudemans also got a picture with Kelly, fitting because Drew will be attending the quarterback’s football camp this summer.

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