Lynn Swann

Football Player and Politician
Born Mar 7, 1952

Lynn Curtis Swann is an American former professional football player, sportscaster, and current politician and part owner of the Arena Football League team, the Pittsburgh Power. In 2006, he was the Republican nominee to run against the incumbent Ed Rendell for Pennsylvania Governor.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on March 7, 1952.


1970 18 Years Old At the 1970 CIF California State championship meet, Swann won the state title, defeating future Olympic gold medalist Randy Williams.
1971 19 Years Old In 1971, Swann had 27 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns. … Read More


1972 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Swann attended the University of Southern California, where he was an All-American on the Trojans football team. He played under coach John McKay, including the 1972 undefeated and national championship season. … Read More
1973 - 1974 2 More Events
1975 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was a Pro Bowl selection three times 1975, 1977, and 1978, and was selected on the 1970s All-Decade Team.
1976 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Swann went on to serve as a director on the boards of H J Heinz Co. Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, and Wyndham International. He was a football and sports broadcaster for ABC Sports from 1976–2006, but left to run for Pennsylvania governor. … Read More


1983 31 Years Old Upon retirement in January, 1983, Swann began his career full-time with ABC Sports, which ended after the 2006 Sugar Bowl. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old On June 23, 1991, Swann married Charena (née Shaffer), a psychologist, and they have two sons, Braxton and Shafer, who currently attend Central Catholic High School.


1998 46 Years Old Swann made an appearance, playing himself, in the role of a sideline reporter at the "Bourbon Bowl", in the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy feature film The Waterboy. … Read More
2001 49 Years Old He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, a year before his teammate John Stallworth. … Read More


2002 50 Years Old On June 20, 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Swann as the chairman of the United States President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports during a Fitness Expo at the White House. … Read More
2003 51 Years Old In 2003, President Bush and Chairman Lynn Swann launched at the Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas, Texas. … Read More
2004 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Swann and President Bush declared May as an annual "National Physical Fitness and Sports" month, and created the annual HealthierUS Fitness Festival. … Read More
2005 53 Years Old On February 23, 2005, Swann filed papers with the state elections board stating his intention to run. … Read More
2006 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 4, 2006, Swann formally declared his candidacy.
Swann was the sideline reporter on CBS' "Clash of Champions" bowling telecast that aired on May 10–11, 2008. … Read More


2012 60 Years Old In 2012, he did the same for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, once Romney had become the presumptive Republican nominee.
2015 63 Years Old In 2015, before the primary elections, Swann announced his support of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, while also criticizing Donald Trump.
On April 13, 2016, Swann was named the next athletic director of the University of Southern California, succeeding retiring Pat Haden.
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