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Rod Woodson shows on the game's biggest stage why he's considered one of the best defensive players of his generation. Dallas won the game but it wasn't because Rod Woodson wasn't good enough.

Steelers CB Rod Woodson knocks down a pass intended for Cowboys WR Michael Irvin in Super Bowl XXX.
Steelers CB Rod Woodson knocks down a pass intended for Cowboys WR Michael Irvin in Super Bowl XXX.
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Should it be pointed out Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin had three inches on All-World cornerback Rod Woodson?

To Cowboys fans, maybe. Certainly to Irvin himself. While the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX, it was not because Rod Woodson, who came back from a torn ACL early in the year, couldn't make plays.

Pictures like this are what I think of when I think of when I think of an athletic cornerback. Whether the Steelers find another Woodson in the 2014 NFL Draft is beside the point; even if they find the greatest cornerback who ever played (AHEMMelBlountCOUGH), it wouldn't diminish how great of a player Woodson was.

Praise Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman, no doubt excellent defensive players who deserve that praise. But let's not forget Woodson, one of the best all-around defenders of his generation.

I'm not even going to get into his generational comparable, Deion Sanders, it doesn't matter. Woodson got the best of Irvin on this play and throughout his career.