Fredericton, NB / Ottawa, ON (July 28, 2020) -- Avrij Analytics is pleased to announce that Eric Wood has invested with Avrij Analytics and will play a key role in capital raising for the company. Eric is a former National Football League center. He played college football at the University of Louisville and was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Eric played nine seasons with the Bills, including a Pro Bowl appearance and an NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination before retiring due to a neck injury.
Since leaving Football, Eric has invested in several startups in Louisville Kentucky. Avrij Analytics is his first investment outside of the U.S., and his first in a sports analytics company. “Eric is a natural fit for us. Not only does he have significant domain knowledge, he is ideally positioned to represent the player’s point of view when scouts are evaluating college prospects,” said Garfield Fisher, CEO, Avrij Analytics.
With the disruption in professional sports and imposed travel restrictions due to the pandemic, Eric and Avrij Analytics CFO, Carmen McKell, are carving out a strategy to pitch to investors online. Having successfully secured a foothold in the NFL, this round of investment is geared toward supporting growth in other leagues, as well as the development of new character evaluation analysis for Human Resource and Development in Law Enforcement. The company intends to raise $5M with much of the funds already secured from early stage investors in Atlantic Canada and the U.S.
“When considering us as an investment, Eric really did his homework. He came in with tough questions and a healthy dose of skepticism. He knew what he was looking for, and knew what works and what doesn’t in college and professional sports. For Eric, innovation was key in his decision to support us. Our continuing efforts to innovate during challenging times convinced Eric to lead the next round of investment,” said Carmen McKell, CFO, Avrij Analytics.
For more information about Avrij Analytics, their work in College and Professional sports, or investment opportunities, please contact Carmen McKell at email@example.com.
About Eric Wood
Soon after retiring from the NFL, Eric became a ACC Network Analyst and a Buffalo Bills Radio Color Commentator. He continues to reside in Louisville, where he and his family are active in the community supporting local causes.
Eric continues his work with the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, where through the Eric Wood Fund, money is raised to provide comfort and care to chronically ill children and their families.
You can join Eric by listening to his “What’s Next With Eric Wood” podcast where he talks to compelling guests about a wide range of topics related to success in sports, business and life.
About Avrij Analytics
Avrij Analytics is a leader in AI Enabled Athlete Character Evaluations. Working with NFL and MLB teams since 2016, Avrij Analytics has built a reputation in player recruitment, development, and management analytics. Avrij has virtual staff working in Canada and the U.S. and has offices in Fredericton, New Brunswick and Ottawa, Ontario.