Wood nominated for 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award

December 07, 2016 - 5:04 am
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For the second consecutive season, Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood has been nominated for the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Wood was voted as the Bills' nominee by his fellow players and coaches at a team meeting.

The award recognizes players for their work on and off the field, and their positive impact they have in the local community.

Wood has done work with many programs including the Bills Play 60 program, Billieve/A Crucial Catch outreach, Salute to Service initiatives, and many more. Eric is also an ambassador for the Teammates for Kids Foundation, he has taken part in several Bills Make-A-Wish visits, makes impromptu stops at local hospitals and schools, and he regularly participates in Bills Community initiatives. Wood has been involved with visiting the Community Hospitality Tent at Training Camp, providing Thanksgiving Meals for families at the Food Bank of Western New York and handing out gifts at the Bills holiday party for children.

Wood joins five other former Bills players to have multiple nominations for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Buffalo has yet to have a player win the award.

Wood has not played since he was placed on injured reserve after breaking his leg on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks. Wood is an eight-year veteran of the NFL and was drafted by the Bills in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
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