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Cowboy football announces Ring of Honor

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinee Thurman Thomas waves to fans during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Timken Grand Parade, Saturday, August 4, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. (Lew Stamp/Akron Beacon Journal)

The Oklahoma State Athletic Department announced a new tradition for the football program on Tuesday night.

In the Cowboys’ Big 12 home opener against West Virginia on Sept. 26, the Cowboys will induct their inaugural member into the Oklahoma State Ring of Honor.

Former OSU running back Thurman Thomas received a phone call from wrestling coach John Smith, who broke the news to Thomas that he would be the first inductee into the Ring of Honor.

During his time at OSU, Thomas was a three-time All-American, compiling 5,001 rushing yards in his college career, which makes him OSU’s all-time leading rusher.

Thomas was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1988, and he led them to four-straight Super Bowl appearances. He also was named the NFL’s MVP in 1991 as well as being a five-time pro bowler.

The induction into the Ring of Honor will add to Thomas’ list of accolades. In 2007, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame a year later. The Buffalo Bills retired Thomas’ number, No. 34, in 2018. He is also a member of the Bills Wall of Fame.

Along with the inaugural celebration, it was also announced that OSU will wear special all-white uniforms that are a replica of the Cowboys’ 1987 Sun Bowl against West Virginia. The Cowboys won the game 35-33, and Thomas won MVP in what was his final game as a Cowboy.

Thomas’ name and number will be unveiled above the west end zone during halftime of the game, and this will be the first of many big names that will be announced in the future.

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