On this week’s episode of Billie’s Podcast, host John Boccacino is joined by Eric Wood, popular former Bills center and current radio analyst for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, for an in-depth conversation about Wood’s playing career and the anxiety he’s dealt with. about what to do after football and how he hopes to help people prepare for the next big thing in their lives.
Wood was a fan favorite during his nine-year career with Buffalo. A pro bowler and two-time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, Wood retired from the NFL after the 2017 season after suffering a career-ending spinal injury.
These days, Wood is quite busy working as a radio analyst alongside broadcaster John Murphy. He also published his first book, “Tackle What’s Next: Own Your Story, Stack Wins and Achieve Your Goals in Business and Life.”
When general manager Brandon Beane came to the Bills, one of the first football moves he made was to sign Wood to a contract extension, as Wood was expected to anchor Buffalo’s offensive line as the team’s starting center for several more years. But unfortunately for Wood, a spinal injury officially ended his NFL career. It captures the anxiety he faced with an uncertain future as he tried to figure out what was next in his life, and how he came up with a game plan for his second career.
Wood also discusses why it wasn’t a difficult decision to retire from the Bills after helping the team end a 17-year playoff drought following the 2017 season, how he made the transition from former player to television host, his favorite stories from his playing days, why Bills fans are the best and most passionate fans in the league, what it would be like to play with star quarterback Josh Allen and more!
Check out the latest episode of Billie’s Podcast for a powerful conversation with Eric Wood, then leave your favorite memories of Wood’s time with the Bills in the comments section below.
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