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NFL great Thurman Thomas looking for return to Oklahoma, energy job

by Jay F. Marks Published: June 26, 2012
Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas acknowledges the crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium during a timeout in a 2008 game (photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman)
Former Oklahoma State running back Thurman Thomas acknowledges the crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium during a timeout in a 2008 game (photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman)

Thurman Thomas is a Texas native who achieved his greatest fame in western New York, where he helped lead the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s.

But now Thomas is looking to return to his roots.

The NFL Hall of Famer tweeted Tuesday that he missses Oklahoma and would like to return. He’s angling for a job with a state energy company.

“I will miss ‪#Oklahoma‬. I would move back here, but I need a job. Can someone make that happen? Continental Resources, Devon Energy, etc…”

Thomas, who starred at Oklahoma State University in the mid-1980s, started his own energy company after he retired from the NFL.

Thurman Thomas Global Energy Group helps businesses save money on their energy costs with demand response programs, according to a Yahoo Sports profile last year. He also operates Legends Energy.

“Energy and energy savings has become a hot topic; whether you are talking about gasoline, electric, natural gas, or renewable energies, it is something everyone is talking about and concerned with these days,” Thomas said in a Q&A earlier this month with Green Real Estate Daily.

Thomas credited billionaire Oklahoma State alumnus T. Boone Pickens with spurring his interest in energy in that interview.

Maybe another OSU alum can help Thomas find a job that will bring him back to Oklahoma.

UPDATED: Thomas says he is not in a big hurry to return to Oklahoma since his daughter wants to graduate from high school in Buffalo.

“Just trying to get the ball rolling early,” he told The Oklahoman in a direct message on Twitter.


by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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