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Lynn Curtis Swann (born March 7, 1952, in Alcoa, Tennessee) is a former professional football player, sports broadcaster and the Republican nominee for Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2006 election. As a youth, Swann went to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, later attended the University of Southern California, and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the USC School of Journalism. His nickname is "Swanny."
Swann is married to Charena Swann, a psychologist, and has two sons.
Swann was an All-American at the University of Southern California, and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 21st pick of the first round in the 1974 NFL Draft. Swann is best known for his play as a wide receiver from 1974 to 1982 with the Steelers, the only team for which he played.
Although Swann never recorded more than 880 receiving yards in a single season, his superb catching ability and clutch performance was vital to the Steelers' success in the 1970s. He complemented his fellow receiver John Stallworth, who ended his career as the Steelers' all-time leading receiver.
As a rookie, Swann 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 had a good performance on special teams, returning 3 punts for 34 yards.
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 Los Angeles Raiders 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.
Two seasons later, the Steelers made it to Super Bowl XIII, and Swann once again had an outstanding performance. He 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 for the third time, Swann was a key component in the Steelers' win. He 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.
Swann retired after the 1982 season with 336 career receptions for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns. He also rushed for 72 yards and gained 739 yards and a touchdown on punt returns. Swann was a pro bowl selection three times (1975, 1977, 1978) and was selected on the 1970s all-decade team.
Swann was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Though his professional career didn't yield large statistics, Swann was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also selected to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team by Hall of Fame voters.
Swann is the former Chairman of the United States President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and serves as a director on the boards of H J Heinz Co. and Wyndham International. He has been a football and sports broadcaster for ABC Sports since 1976 but is currently on leave from this to pursue a political career (see below). Swann also briefly hosted the television game show To Tell the Truth, on which he had previously appeared as a panelist, on NBC from 1990 to 1991. His fourteen-week run as emcee met with critical disdain, and he was replaced by Alex Trebek.
2006 candidacy for governor
- Main article: Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, 2006
In December 2004, Swann, who resides in the Pittsburgh suburb of Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania, indicated that he was considering seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania in the 2006 election. On February 23, 2005, Swann filed papers with the state elections board stating his intention to run. On the same day he formed a fundraising committee called Team 88 after his Steeler jersey number. On January 4, 2006, Swann formally declared his candidacy for Governor of Pennsylvania.
Most people believe that 1978 was Lynn Swann's best year, as he hauled in 61 receptions, had 880 receiving yards and caught 11 TD passes.
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Punt Return Stats
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Kick Return Stats
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Fumble Recovery Stats
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- Won the Super Bowl MVP in 1975