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Cowher apologizes to Hudson

October 26, 1997 GMT

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher apologized Sunday to Jaguars defensive back Chris Hudson for feigning a tackle on him last month in Jacksonville.

As Hudson ran alongside the Steelers’ sidelines to score on a blocked field goal that finished off the Jaguars’ 30-21 victory on Sept. 22, Cowher took a step onto the field and raised an arm before pulling back.

Cowher said later he momentarily contemplated tackling Hudson, but thought better of it.

The Steelers were in position to win the game 24-23 before center Jim Sweeney’s bad snap led to Norm Johnson’s blocked field goal attempt.

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``It’s nothing against you ... you’re a good football player,″ Cowher told Hudson during a 10-second on-field meeting before Sunday’s game. ``It was my instincts as a special teams player.″

Cowher spent five seasons in the NFL as a linebacker and special teams player for the Browns and Eagles.