The latest member of the New York State Tourism Advisory Council is also a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas to the tourism panel, which advises the governor on the state's tourism efforts.
Cuomo also recommended that Thomas should be named vice chair of the council.
"I am pleased to welcome Thurman Thomas, a New Yorker known by sports fans all around the world, to the New York State Tourism Advisory Council," Cuomo said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Mr. Thomas represented Buffalo on the football field and was part of the Bills team that went to the Super Bowl four times in a row. He has shown a commitment to the Empire State both on and off the field.
"Now, Mr. Thomas will be using his experience to help make upstate New York a premier destination for visitors from around the globe and continue to grow our tourism industry."
Thomas, who lives in the Buffalo area, played for the Bills from 1988 to 1999. He rushed for 12,074 yards in his career, which ranks him 14th on the NFL career rushing list. He also scored 88 touchdowns, was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and won the NFL MVP award in 1991.
In 2007, Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Since retiring from the NFL, Thomas founded Legends Energy Group and is president and CEO of Thurman Thomas Sports Training.
As a member of the tourism council, Thomas will serve a two-year term. The position is unpaid.
"I am honored that Governor Cuomo has appointed me to the Tourism Advisory Council," Thomas said. "I know how important it is to the governor that Buffalo and western New York receive the proper representation and promotion. I look forward to making that happen."