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Bills name Fred Jackson, Eric Wood and Kyle Williams captains

By Jay Skurski

Running back Fred Jackson, center Eric Wood and defensive tackle Kyle Williams have been voted by their teammates as captains for the 2013 season.

Jackson, 32, is entering his seventh NFL season, all with the Bills. The former undrafted free agent out of Coe College has made 46 career starts and his 4,231 career rushing yards ranks fourth in franchise history.

Wood, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Bills in 2009. He signed a four-year contract extension with the team last week, saying "I never would've forgave myself," if he left Buffalo, "especially with the direction we're going and to watch them make the playoffs without me."

Williams, 30, is entering his eighth season. He and Jackson are third-time captains, while Wood is a first-time captain. 

The three players will have a "C" affixed to their uniforms. According to the Bills, their responsibilities will include assisting in the on-field communication with the game officials.

The NFL introduced the team captain initiative in May 2007 with the purpose of supporting and recognizing the importance of team leadership.


Eric Wood | Fred Jackson | Kyle Williams
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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