Jim Kelly says Eric Wood will be “sorely missed so badly” by the Bills and the Buffalo community.
Wood has suffered a career-ending neck injury and is on the verge of retirement, although he and the Bills are still working on the contractual language and salary cap implications.
Kelly told Jim Rome on Thursday at the Super Bowl that Wood belongs on the Bills Wall of Fame right next to all-time great center Kent Hull. “I mean that with all my heart,” Kelly said.
“He meant a lot,” Kelly said of Wood. “As a player, you watch him play, but behind the scenes (he had a great impact) with the way he talked to the players and the way he was in the locker room and for Buffalo, with how he was in the community. I understand firsthand what that guy has meant to Buffalo.
“A lot of times when people are put up on the Wall it’s not always what you did on the football field but what you did in the community. He was just as good in the community as he was on the field.”
Kelly also had high praise for coach Sean McDermott, who led the Bills back to the playoffs and ended the drought.
“Coach McDermott is doing such a good job with these guys,” Kelly said. “We’re still a couple of players from being where we want to be, but I think in due time, we will get there. I just love his mentality and the way he goes about talking to the players.”