Buffalo Bills legend Thurman Thomas joined team owner and president Kim Pegula and multimedia journalist Maddy Glab on the latest episode of "Bills Pod Squad," presented by New York Lottery.
Here are three takeaways from their conversation.
1. Looking back on the 1993 AFC Championship
Thomas opens the interview with a look back on the 1993 AFC Championship, a duel between Buffalo and Kansas City that sent the Bills to their fourth straight Super Bowl. Thomas rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns in that game, but that wasn't always the plan.
"Going into that game, we felt like we were going to throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball."
Hear Thomas reminisce on that game, the atmosphere in Buffalo, and what it meant to earn a fourth straight AFC Championship around 14:42.
2. He has a group chat with his former teammates
Thomas talks about the bond the current Bills team has around 30:00 and why he believes they'll be friends for life, which is true of he and his fellow '90s legends. Part of his gameday routine is armchair coaching on a text thread with his former teammates.
"I'm definitely coaching from my TV set and last week I was coaching from the stadium because I was at the game last week," he said. "We do that all day and all night long."
3. The greatest Bills team ever?
Thomas lists the long-term pieces the Bills have, from general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott to offensive tackle Dion Dawkins, safety Jordan Poyer, and cornerback Tre'Davious White as reasons he sees the team having sustainable success.
"You're set in the right direction to really have some success here for the next five to seven years. I think as long as Coach McDermott is running the ship, we will have that success and you guys – I guarantee you – you guys will be a Super Bowl champion organization very, very soon."
If they do win a Super Bowl?
"You will be the greatest team in Bills history," he said.
Hear his message to current players beginning around 51:20.