1. He keeps the youth active and healthy.
Nobody plays 60 more than Eric Wood except for the kids he inspires. Our Man of the Year stays active and brings the youngest Bills fans into the fold at countless PLAY 60 events throughout his career with the Bills.
2. He helps during the holidays.
94 children joined 17 Bills players to kick off the holiday season in the Toyota Van Miller Club. Guests received gifts from their lists from the players, met Santa and capped the night off with a dance party.
When it's needed most, Wood steps up to make the holidays a little brighter for Western New Yorkers in need. He gave our Thanksgiving Blitz a lift (pun intended), played Santa with his teammates at our annual holiday party, and has visited hospitals and more throughout the time of year when giving goes such a long way.
3. He's the ultimate teammate on the field…
Marcell Dareus, Richie Incognito, Tyrod Taylor and Eric Wood have all been voted alternates for the #ProBowl!
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The center of the offense and perennial captain is a constant leader between the sidelines. He's having a standout 2015 season and was voted as an alternate to the 2016 Pro Bowl by the fans and his peers throughout the league.
4. …And the ultimate teammate off the field.
Help is always given to those who ask for it with a friend like Eric Wood. His teammates lean on him for assistance at with their own charitable endeavors, and he always comes through. His family even hosts holidays quite often for teammates who can't be with their own families during the season.
5. He loves the kids.
The Eric Wood Foundation's primary focus is to "provide seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children" in WNY and Wood's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky with encouragement and experiences, and it does that and more. Its goal is to touch the lives of 150,000 children by 2017, and that is simply exceptional.
6. He always makes time for the fans.
Since he was drafted by the Bills in 2009, Wood has become a fan-favorite, consistently signing autographs and taking time to talk with fans around the community. Catch him at Training Camp in 2016 – he won't let you down!
7. He's a family man.
Wood and his wife Leslie just had their first child, Grace, this past offseason. Both of those leading ladies in his life have shown constant support and made a special impact of their own in Buffalo.
8. He's as reliable as any.
With 39 consecutive starts on his resume, it's hard to argue that anyone has more consistency than Wood. We're fortunate to have a center who applies that incredible reliability both on and off the field.
9. He's got a signature style.
And it doesn't cost a penny! This photo says it all.
10. Who would you rather vote for?
Wood has helped so many – now it's your chance to help him! Show your Bills pride with us and vote using #WoodWPMOYChallenge on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook today, tomorrow, and every day to help him beat the winners from around the league for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year title.