The Pittsburgh Steelers have held a long tradition of excellence, after having a number of marquee players rise up from their fold. They contributed in a huge way to the colorful history of the game. One such player is Lynn Swann. Here are some interesting details about him.
- He had a lot promise early on as an athletic collegiate star with the University of Southern California Trojans football team. He had what was a rare mix of speed and grace in his raw talent, thanks in large part to his skills in dancing.
- He finished his Bachelor’s degree in public relations in 1974 and was eventually made part of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
- He was drafted as the 21st pick in 1974 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a rookie class which football scribes look back to as one of the most talent-rich drafts in football history, along with other eventual Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert.
- As a rookie, he led the NFL with 577 punt-return yards, a standing franchise record and the fourth best record of all time in those days.
- His sophomore year was his brightest. He caught 49 passes for 781 yards, and more importantly, he led the league in having the most touchdowns at 11.
- In one of his games against the Oakland Raiders, he was knocked out by George Atkinson which resulted in a major concussion that forced him to spend two days in the hospital. To everyone’s surprise, he returned to play for Super Bowl X, recorded 4 catches for 161 yards, and made a touchdown. His stellar play made him the first ever wide receiver to bag the Super Bowl MVP.