Former Bills running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey will be retired this season, the team announced Wednesday, becoming just the third number retired in franchise history. 

The official ceremony will take place Oct. 29 when the Bills host the Patriots in Week 8, joining quarterback Jim Kelly (No. 12) and defensive end Bruce Smith (No. 78) as the only other Buffalo players to receive such high honors. 

“It does make it unique knowing that I played with Bruce for 12 years and with Jim for eight years,” Thomas told the team's website. “I can remember the things that they did on the football field and why they had their jerseys retired, and now I’m going to be in that same group with those guys. To be in the company of those two players is something special.”

The No. 34 hasn't been worn by a Bills player since Thomas last played in Buffalo in 1999. 

Thomas played for the Bills from 1988-99 after he was selected as a second-round pick out of Oklahoma State. He spent one season with the Dolphins before retiring. At the end of his 13-year NFL career, Thomas reached 12,074 yards rushing and 65 touchdowns on 2,877 career attempts. He added 4,458 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns on 472 catches.

Thomas, who turned 52 on Wednesday, was placed on the Bills' wall of fame in 2005 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. NFL.com notes Thomas is the only player in NFL history to lead the league in yards from scrimmage in four straight seasons from 1989-93.