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Woodson Ties NFL Recovery Record

September 16, 2002

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Former Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson, now a safety with the Raiders, tied an NFL record with three fumble recoveries Sunday night in Oakland’s 30-17 victory in Pittsburgh.

Asked if the performance was extra special because it occurred in Pittsburgh, Woodson said it wasn’t.

``I’m just glad we got the win. I was in the right place at the right time three times in a row _ and was extremely tired on the last one,″ he said.

A younger Woodson _ he’s now 37 _ might have returned the third fumble, by the Steelers’ Plaxico Burress at the Oakland 30 with 4:12 left, for a touchdown. But he tired after lugging it 41 yards to the Steelers’ 39.

Woodson also stopped a Steelers’ drive with 7:29 left in the second quarter when he scooped up Kordell Stewart’s fumble at the Oakland 2 and returned it 8 yards. The Raiders then drove 90 yards to take a 17-7 lead.

On the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson forced a fumble by stripping the ball from Hines Ward, and Rod Woodson recovered.

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