Dr. John Marzo gained a different perspective on NFL football as a fixture on the field at Bills home games for more than two decades.
“A lot of people would tell me, ‘That must be so cool to be on the sideline of every game,’” Marzo said in Refresh editor Scott Scanlon's in-depth profile of the Bills' former team doctor, “and I would say, ‘You know what, I watch the game differently than you do.’ It’s 30 seconds of holding your breath and then waiting until the next play. You watch and then you look to see, did everybody get up?”
Marzo worked as medical director for the Bills from 1995 to 2015 after three years with the team as an assistant team doctor. He also served eight years as medical director for the Sabres. Scanlon's piece details Marzo's career — "I can tell you Ralph Wilson stories that will shock you," Marzo said — and what he has been doing lately.
The other side of the combine: During his tenure with the Bills, Marzo would spend this time of year conducting medical examinations on more than 300 college players eligible for the NFL draft. Marzo and recently retired head trainer Bud Carpenter explain the process.
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Sports Talk Sunday: News columnist Bucky Gleason and Bills beat reporter Vic Carucci will discuss Tyrod Taylor's situation on WGRZ at 10 a.m. Watch a preview of the show here.
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No compensation: The Bills currently have eight picks in the first five rounds of April's draft, but weren't one of the 15 teams to receive compensatory draft picks for free agency losses.