Bills Players, Past and Present, Remember Wood's Contributions

Lorenzo Alexander, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and more react

Mike Baggerman
January 29, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Eric Wood prior to his statement (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WBEN) – While Monday’s announcement from Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood was sparse in details, the ultimate takeaway is that Wood will never be able to play another game professionally ever again.

Many of his teammates, past and present, were in attendance at yesterday’s announcement.

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“He’s a guy that myself, Kyle Williams, LeSean McCoy, and other veterans on this team that are seen as leaders are willing to follow,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “I think that’s the ultimate testament when you have people in your peer group, who have accomplished the same things you have, who are willing to follow you.”

Former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was Wood’s teammate from 2009 to 2011.

“I think Eric is a prime example of somebody who, you know, he loves this game and he’s given everything to this game and this organization,” Fitzpatrick said. “They had to tell him no. They had to say you’re not allowed to play anymore. It’s hard because the finality of it. He played in his last game without really knowing it was his last game. So that is tough but I know he has given everything he has to this organization and he is loved in Buffalo, for good reason.”

Fitzpatrick, who spent the 2017-2018 regular season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wore a t-shirt over a collared shirt which read “What Wood Eric Do” with a shot of the center’s face on the front.

Ryan Fitzpatrick's "What Wood Eric Do" t-shirt (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

“I pulled this one out from the depths of my closet,” Fitzpatrick said. “I got it one of the years I was (in Buffalo). It’s made the move to Tennessee, to Houston, to New Jersey, and now to Tampa. It’s gotten plenty of wear and tear in terms of being in moving boxes. I was able to find it and was really excited to throw it in.”

Fitzpatrick also praised Wood’s involvement in the community and said he was genuinely into helping the community.

Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott praised Wood in the one year the two worked together.

“He’s well-respected around the league,” McDermott said. “My impression of Eric did not change over the last 12 months…His leadership on the field and in the community is just tremendous.”

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