|Lynn Swann attended
the University of Southern California, where he was an All-American
on the Trojans football team.
He played under
legendary coach John McKay, including the 1972 undefeated and national
championship season. McKay said of Swann, "He has speed, soft
hands, and grace." He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Public Relations from the USC Annenberg School for Communication
in 1974. In 1991, he was inducted into the College Football Hall
Lynn Swann was selected by the Pittsburgh
Steelers with the 21st pick of the first round in the 1974 NFL
Draft. The Steelers
of '74 is considered one of the best in NFL history and included
4 eventual Hall of Famers: Lynn Swann, John
Stallworth, Mike Webster,
and Jack Lambert.
Swann spent his entire NFL career with the Steelers and wore the
jersey number 88. As a rookie, he led the NFL with 577 punt return
yards, a franchise record and the fourth most in NFL history at
the time. He went on to win a championship ring with the Steelers
in Super Bowl IX but did not record any receptions in the tough
defensive struggle (Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw completed
only nine passes in the game). However, he returned 3 punts for
The following season became the highlight of Swann's career. He
caught 49 passes for 781 yards and a league-leading 11 touchdowns.
In the AFC title game against the Oakland Raiders George Atkinson
lit him up with a vicious hit. He suffered a severe concussion
that forced him to spend two days in a hospital, but surprised
many by returning to play for Super
Bowl X. Swann recorded four
catches for a Super Bowl record 161 yards and a touchdown in the
game, assisting the Steelers to a 21–17 win and becoming
the first wide receiver to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
Three seasons later the Steelers made it to Super
Bowl XIII. In
the game, Swann caught seven passes for 124 yards and scored the
final touchdown for Pittsburgh in their 35-31 win over the Dallas
Cowboys. The Steelers made it back to the Super Bowl again in the
1979 season, and Swann caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown
in Pittsburgh's 31-19 win in Super
Bowl XIV. Overall, Swann gained
364 receiving yards and 398 all-purpose yards in his four Super
Bowls, which were both Super Bowl records at the time.
Lynn Swann retired after the 1982 season
with four Super Bowl rings. He amassed 336 career receptions for
5,462 yards and 51
along with 72 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, and 739 punt
return yards and a touchdown. Swann was a pro bowl selection three
times (1975, 1977, 1978) and was selected on the 1970's all-decade
team.He was also selected to the
NFL 1970's All-Decade Team by Hall of Fame voters.
in January, 1983, Swann began his career full-time with ABC Sports,
which ended after the 2006 Orange Bowl. Swann has broadcast a variety
of events as a host, reporter, and analyst.