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Bob Fry '49 and Eric Wood '04 Selected to Join Kentucky Pro Football HoF
1/31/2020

In Lexington on Friday, January 31, the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the members of its 2020 class including two all-time Elder football greats.  Bob Fry ‘49 and Eric Wood ‘04 were selected for induction to the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in June.

 

Bob Fry '49

Bob Fry ‘49 played football at Elder in 1946-1948.  During his senior season Fry led the Panthers in scoring with 9 touchdowns.  He would go on to play offensive tackle and defensive end at the University of Kentucky where he was coached by the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant.  He received All-SEC honors for three straight seasons during his time playing for the Wildcats. After college, Fry was selected in the third round (36th overall) of the 1953 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams.  After starting at left tackle during his rookie season, Fry took two seasons off from football to serve in the military. He returned to the Rams for another four seasons before being selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion draft where he would become the first left tackle in Cowboys history.  He would play for Dallas for 5 seasons until being traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1965. After his playing days had ended, Fry would go on to be the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets. Fry passed away on November 10, 2019 in Wilmington, NC.

 

Eric Wood '04

Eric Wood ‘04 played four years of football at Elder which was highlighted by being a member of Elder’s 2002 and 2003 Ohio Division 1 state champion teams.  As a junior he played tight end and started all 15 games his senior year at offensive tackle. Wood played collegiately at the University of Louisville where he earned all-Big East honors for three consecutive seasons for his stellar play at the center position.  He finished his career for the Cardinals with 49 consecutive starts. He was selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. After playing right guard his first two seasons, he would go on to play center. Wood played for nine seasons in Buffalo including being selected to the 2015 Pro Bowl and being the Bills 2015 nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.  After suffering a neck injury during the 2017 season, Wood retired from the NFL. Today he is an analyst for the ACC Network and does color commentary for the Buffalo Bills radio broadcasts.