Saturday, August 8, 2009

Another Steeler in the Hall

Couldn't let the weekend get away without recognition of another Steeler to be elected into the Football Hall of Fame. Rod Woodson didn't end his career as a Steeler, but most of us will always think of him as that. I am always excited when a defensive player makes it in, because they often go unnoticed. His accomplishments are pretty impressive - In his 17 NFL seasons, he recorded 71 interceptions, 1,483 interception return yards, 32 fumble recoveries (15 offensive and 17 defensive), 137 fumble return yards, 4,894 kickoff return yards, 2,362 punt return yards, and 17 touchdowns (12 interception returns, 1 fumble return, 2 kickoff returns, 2 punt returns). He holds the league record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with 12, and is tied with 11 other players for the record for most fumble recoveries in a single game (3). His 1,483 interception return yards are also an NFL record. His 71 interceptions rank 3rd all time. Those closest to me know that last year I finally made the pilgimmage to the Hall to pay my respects, and it was an honor to be around the artifacts and memories of some truly great individuals. Congrats, Rod!

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