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NFL Player Profiles Lynn Swann

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One of the most physically gifted athletes to ever grace a professional football field, Lynn Swann had an incredible ability to make an extraordinary catch seem routine. Although is career statistics would not garner much attention if obtained in today's football world, back in the 1970's Lynn Swann was a superstar, both for his ability on the field and for his quiet and gentlemanly demeanor in the community. To say that Lynn Swann was just another outstanding football player would be a disservice to his accomplishments after retiring from the sport, as it is quite possible that his endeavors after football make his sporting life seem insignificant in comparison.

Born in Alcoa, Tennessee on March 7, 1952, his family moved to San Mateo, California when Swann was a toddler. As a football and track star at Junipero Serra High School Swann received a number of college scholarship offers, finally settling on attending the University of Southern California to play for legendary coach John McKay and was a member of the 1972 NCAA Championship team. Honored as an All-American at USC, Swann was selected  by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round of the 1974 NFL Draft with the 21st selection.

As a member of the Steelers, Swann made a name in professional football by making spectacular aerobatic catches at critical moments in big games. On teams rich with other offensive talent such as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw and John Stallworth, Swann excelled. Although he only had two seasons of over 50 catches, the contribution of Lynn Swann to the Steelers dynasty in the 1970's was monumental. For his career Lynn Swann retired with 336 receptions good for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns. He was a member of four Super Bowl Championship teams and was named the 1975 Super Bowl MVP. In addition, Swann was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1970's, was a three time Pro Bowl Player and was a First Team All-Pro in 1978.

After retiring, Lynn Swann was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Swann has since worked as a sports broadcaster, served on the board of directors of several major corporations and was the Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 2002 to 2006. Residing in a Pittsburgh suburb, Swann ran for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2006 as the Republican candidate but lost the election.

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