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Woodson wants Tasker considered for Canton

8/10/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
CANTON, Ohio -- Rod Woodson, one of the greatest return men in NFL history, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The rumor that Woodson's still delivering his speech is false.

But while I had him talking at an informal media gathering Friday afternoon at the McKinley Grand Hotel, I asked if he thought Steve Tasker, perhaps the greatest anti-return man in NFL history, should be fitted for a yellow jacket.

"I think it's a great argument to put him in the Hall of Fame," Woodson said. "I think he should be looked at, but right now he's not even thought about.

"You have to think outside of the box when you think of a special-teams player."

Tasker never has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame, but Buffalo Bills teammates such as Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith lobby for his inclusion in the same breath as receiver Andre Reed, who should get in eventually.

"He gets lost somewhere among all that greatness they had on their football team," Woodson said, referring to Buffalo's stretch of four straight Super Bowls. "Steve was one of those vital parts."

Tasker was so devastating on block, return and coverage teams that the NFL created a Pro Bowl roster spot for special-teamers to honor him appropriately. Tasker was named to seven Pro Bowl squads.

"I know when we had to block him and I was a return guy, and that guy was always around the football," Woodson said. "Every time I looked up, I saw little Steve in front of me. He was a little headache.

"Man, that dude, we had two guys blocking him at all times, and if somebody missed, we had somebody peeling back to get him again. And he still made the tackle."