Former Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood will replace Mark Kelso as the color analyst alongside play-by-play man John Murphy on the broadcast on WGR and the Bills radio network this upcoming season, the National Football League team announced today.
Wood, a popular player who retired at the end of the 2017 season after nine seasons because of a career-ending neck injury, will have additional duties working on the Bills' media and content team.
Besides providing color commentary on Sunday, he will appear regularly on Mondays on "One Bills Live," the daily afternoon program co-hosted by Murphy and Steve Tasker that is simulcast on WGR and cable's MSG.
Wood is no stranger to the media game.
During his playing days, Wood had a regular segment on WGR. He also was considered by the media as one of the go-to players in the locker room after games. Since retiring, he has been a columnist for The Athletic.
He also has signed to be a studio and color analyst for the new ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Network so he will be busy working college games Saturday before flying to Bills games on Sunday.
"Eric brings to our content team the same work ethic that made him a fan favorite during his time in a Bills uniform," said Mark Preisler, the executive vice president of media and content for Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE). "He is eager to share his knowledge of the game with our fans through our various media outlets. The fact he remains so close with our team will make his insight into every play on game days invaluable in the radio booth."
Wood said things worked out perfectly for him.
"I had just gained some experience in the past year in the broadcast world, and when this opportunity came about, it was something I couldn't turn down," said Wood. "This isn't something that I just wanted to dip my toe into the water. I figured if I wanted to be great at something, if I wanted to truly see if this is where my passion lies, I've got to go all in. So I'm looking forward to this fall, doing both, doing TV with ACC Network, doing radio with the Bills and some other media content with the Bills. I think it will be a fun fall."
He said he heard from former Bills Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Will Wolford from the 1990s teams he is friends with that he would be surprised how much his family was going to miss Western New York after retirement.
"And they were right," said Wood. "Being gone for a year, we truly miss being up here, and getting to spend a lot more time up here this fall will be good for us."
Wood was a Bills first-round draft choice in 2009 out of the University of Louisville.
Kelso, who played for the Bills from 1986 through 1993 during their glory days, has been the color commentator on Bills radio broadcasts since 2006.
The move from Kelso to Wood means the radio broadcast will now feature a former Bill who is closer in age to current players, some of whom were his former teammates.
The Bills are also revamping their offensive line, which should play into Wood’s expertise.