Six men were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton on Saturday night. They all had their time at the mic to give speeches (save the late Bob Harris and Derrick Thomas who had people speak for them). It was a big night for the Buffalo Bills as team owner Ralph Wilson got inducted as did all-time sack leader Bruce Smith. Smith even cracked a joke during his speech when he was talking about his former teammate, Thurman Thomas:
Thurman Thomas known to his teammates as ‘Squatty,’ you were undoubtedly the most complete running back of our era. My life would be a little less bright if I didn’t have you to laugh and joke with. P.S., I hid your helmet.”
Smith is referring to an incident in Super Bowl XXVII where Thurman Thomas couldn’t find his helmet prior to the game. According to the tale, Thomas used to place his helmet at the 34-yard line prior to games as a superstition. Someone setting up a pre-game stage moved the helmet and Thomas wound up missing the first two plays for the Bills, both bad runs to backup Kenneth Davis, setting the tone for a Bills loss. And in case you were wondering whether there was any truth to the statement, Smith’s tone was clearly a joking one.