Age: 41

Age: 41

What he does: A self-proclaimed "man of leisure" who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

How he earned that ticket: The former running back holds seven Bills rushing and scoring records and stands 12th in the NFL with 12,074 career yards rushing and eighth with 16,532 career yards from scrimmage. Thomas retired after the 2000 season, ending a 13-year career highlighted by helping the Bills win four straight AFC titles in the 1990s.

After the glory: In December 2002, Thomas was being honored at the Sun Bowl when he announced he was a recovering alcoholic. "I think I became bored a little bit," Thomas said. "It wasn't like the first year, bam. It happened gradually." Thomas acknowledged that he still struggles with alcoholism. "I still have a long way to go," he said. "But I do have a little grip on it where I say, 'OK, one glass, two glasses and I'm done.'"

Issues near Erie: Thomas said he was unhappy how the Bills alienated alumni during team president Tom Donahoe's five-year tenure that ended with his dismissal in January 2006. With Marv Levy back with the franchise as general manager, Thomas is open to working with the Bills again in a promotional capacity.

Issues elsewhere: Thomas is also unhappy with his alma mater, Oklahoma State, which declined to help him when he attempted to re-enroll to complete his degree in hotel and restaurant management. Thomas plans to attend Florida Metropolitan University in Orlando this fall to begin earning his remaining credits. Thomas' true goal is to buy a 200-acre spread to build a home big enough for his family — he has four children — to enjoy.

Last word: "I played as long as I wanted to. I did it. It's over with. It's done. Now I'm going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Thomas said.

Source: The Associated Press