At the NFL annual spring meetings
PHOENIX - When running back Marshall Faulk announced his retirement from the game, he mentioned that a player he admired was former Bills great Thurman Thomas.
“I loved his versatility," Faulk said. “He’s a guy I tried to model my game after."
Faulk and Thomas were certainly similar players, but who was better? Both are Hall of Famers (Thurm goes in this summer; Faulk will be eligible in five years). If based solely on performance, Faulk gets the edge.
In 176 games, Faulk rushed for 12,279 yards and 100 touchdowns and caught 767 passes for 6,875 yards (an NFL record for running backs) and 36 TDs. He was NFL MVP in 2000 when he topped 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. He also played in two Super Bowls, winning once.
Thomas totaled 12,074 yards and 65 TDs rushing and added 472 catches for 4.458 yards and 23 scores. The 1991 league MVP was winless in four Super Bowl appearances.
Most Bills fans would take Thomas, but an unbiased view has to admit Faulk was every bit as good if not better.