A Thurman Thomas statue is a memory of better days for the Buffalo Bills. Now the new Thurman Thomas statue is gone, just like those glory days. The new Thurman Thomas statue, which is a life-sized wood carving of the former Bills running back, has reportedly been stolen hours after it was unveiled. The theft of the Thurman Thomas wooden statue was the final indignity on the worst day for Buffalo football yet – and the worst may still be ahead.
Sunday started well enough in Buffalo, with the Thurman Thomas statue carving introduced at a late tailgate party. The 8 ½ foot tall tree carving pays homage to the star running back of the Bills’ Super Bowl days, and also aids the Carvings for a Cause initiative, which is replacing trees lost in the “October surprise” snowstorm from a few years back.
Since this is the 34’th carving made by the Carvings for a Cause group, and since Thurman Thomas wore No. 34, it was a perfect fit. But fans only got to look at it for a few hours, as they had to go into Ralph Wilson Stadium and see the Bills tank against the winless Browns, losing 6-3.
The Thurman Thomas statue had even worse luck, as it was reportedly stolen by thieves that very night, according to the Buffalo News. It is believed that the thieves used a “hefty truck” to take the tree carving away. Police have rarely had to look for a stolen tree carving statue before, so they are at an early loss.
The loss of the Thurman Thomas statue has become the latest symbol for a nearly lost season in Buffalo. The incident wasn’t even the most serious one that happened after the game, as right after the Bills loss, a hit-and-run driver struck several people while leaving the stadium. Six spectators were injured, but none had to spend the night at the hospital.
Miserable stories about the Bills, and ones remotely connected to the Bills, have consumed the season already. The days of Thurman Thomas, Jim Kelly and company ended a long time ago, but Buffalo fans thought the Bills would be back to respectability by now.
Instead they are 1-4, about to lose coach Dick Jauron, and have barely done anything with Terrell Owens – who may not be around much longer either. With the Bills playing to play games in Toronto in the future, some even fear for the long-term future of the team in Buffalo. Therefore, perhaps the Thurman Thomas statue may have been better off getting away from Ralph Wilson Stadium when it had the chance.
The Buffalo News- “Thurman Thomas carving stolen from stadium” www.buffalonews.com/258/story/825773.html
USA TODAY- “Game on: Thurman Thomas tree statue stolen” blogs.usatoday.com/gameon/2009/10/thurman-thomas-tree-statue-stolen.html