Lynn Swann
American football player and politician
Lynn Swann
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.
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AD Lynn Swann has 'given me nothing but support,' Clay Helton says
LATimes - 5 months
After each USC football game, Coach Clay Helton meets with Athletic Director Lynn Swann. Usually, Helton said, they go over what worked well and what didn’t in the previous day’s game. Sometimes, Swann offers advice. Saturday’s meeting could have been more tense than usual. Utah’s crushing comeback...
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U.S.C. Hires Lynn Swann as Athletic Director
NYTimes - 11 months
The selection of Swann, who played at U.S.C. in the early 1970s before the Pittsburgh Steelers, closely mirrored that of Pat Haden, who started as athletic director in 2010.
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Sixteen things you might not know about Lynn Swann
LATimes - 11 months
USC named former Trojans football star Lynn Swann as its new athletic director on Wednesday. Swann will take over the job on July 1, replacing the retiring Pat Haden. Here are a few things you may, or may not, know about Swann. 1. He won the long jump title at the 1970 CIF California state track...
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Super Bowl countdown moment No. 2: Lynn Swann strikes again
Fox News - about 1 year
Super Bowl countdown moment No. 2: Lynn Swann strikes again
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Pulitzer-Winning Dance Critic On How To Live And Move With Grace
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON (RNS)  Sarah Kaufman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dance critic for The Washington Post, has long written about movement — what we tell each other with our posture, our motion, our eyes and our ways of relating to each other, body and soul. Her first book, “The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life,” is both joyful and directive, a celebrity-packed collection of observations and a manual for easing anyone’s way through the world. It’s a book with a message, delivered with calm command. She wants us to stand tall.  Stand tall like Cary Grant, who, with a simple glance, a shoulder twitch or an acrobatic dive, could take an audience to another emotional plane. Like Nelson Mandela, with “joyful equanimity.” She wants us to move. Move like Lynn Swann, the Hall of Fame NFL receiver whose balletic leaps and twisting runs mesmerized fans and frustrated gridiron foes. Move like rock show roadies orchestrating the stage light setup in a stadium or flame-defyin ...
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Kaepernick and other young QBs prove experience matters
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Just when the NFL's so-called "quarterback revolution" began to take hold, it was dismantled by some very old-school principles. Cam Newton, who had such a sensational rookie season in 2011, has the look of greatness but was reduced to lamentable mediocrity in this year's playoff loss to the 49ers, wearing the look of a sad, beaten man on the sideline with a full eight minutes to go. Dallas safety Cliff Harris routinely insulted the Steelers' Lynn Swann, calling him "soft," then watched him go off for 161 yards' worth of receptions. The NFL replay system will be a drawn-out joke as long as challenges are involved (just get to the point, in the press box), but is it asking too much to have every play reviewable? Imagine the madness of the Yankees' spring-training camp if Alex Rodriguez shows up (here's a man despised by MLB and the players) alongside the horde of Japanese journalists covering Masahiro Tanaka ... People seem to grow weary of Rick Barry in extended doses, but he alwa ...
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GOP Dissonance on Gov. Chris Christie Betrays Minority Outreach
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The players may change from cycle to cycle but the game and its essential elements do not. There is only one question to be answered as to 2016 in the consideration of any candidate. Can he win? No, not can he win the Republican nomination but can he win the general election? Anything less is an exercise in futility akin to celebrating the joys of kissing your sister. To put it another way, here in Los Angeles, Lakers fans don't celebrate winning the Pacific Division. The goal is the championship ring. We don't concern ourselves with the question of whether the team can win the division or even the conference. The GOP should take a page from the Lakers' fanbook. In the consideration of candidates to vie for the White House in 2016, there should be only one question to consider. "Can he win?" Simply winning the Republican nomination would be a short-sighted and wrong-headed strategy to employ. No, I didn't say "she" and yes, I consciously omitted any such consideration. It woul ...
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Morris W. O'Kelly: Nouveau Black Republicans Are Killing Minority Outreach
Huffington Post - over 3 years
While RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has done nothing, I repeat nothing, but talk for six months about how he's going to attract more minority voters to the party. He thought he would keep up the charade at the RNC's spring meeting in Los Angeles. In a move meant to pander to blacks, the RNC invited black actress Stacey Dash to its meeting, to pose for pictures with Priebus. I guess Priebus wanted to prove he's down with brown people. --Conservative commentator Crystal Wright, April, 2013 (And she's right (small 'r') to a certain degree. But Wright isn't down with "Brown" people either. I'll explain... There is absolutely a deficiency in the minority quotient of the Republican Party. Part of why Mitt Romney was unsuccessful in 2012 was inextricably linked to a failed strategy of pandering to the extreme right; presenting all others as either a drain on the economy (makers vs. takers/47 percent) or outright ignorant in nature ("low-information voters"). Pandering f ...
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I'm also an abduction survivor
CNN - almost 4 years
Only those of us who have experienced the terror of threatened captivity may truly appreciate the heroes that three Cleveland women became as they seized the chance of escape.
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Super Bowl Of Firsts, Lasts, Bests
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW ORLEANS -- The journey to this Super Bowl wound through bounties and replacement refs, eventually bringing the big game back to the Big Easy - with a replacement quarterback, a sibling rivalry and a grand exit for one of the NFL's greatest players, clouded by the obscure healing powers of deer-antler spray. It is a Super Bowl of comebacks, of firsts and lasts, and - if San Francisco wins - the best. A win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday gives the 49ers six championships, matching Pittsburgh's titles in the Super Bowl era. Unlike the Steelers, the Niners have never lost one. Of course, they haven't won one in 18 years, either. "There's a tradition with the San Francisco 49ers, but I think these guys are paving their own way," said Hall of Fame receiver and three-time champion Jerry Rice. "They're playing with a lot of swagger." Or as owner Denise DeBartolo York said, "We've come full circle and the dynasty will prevail." New Orleans has come ful ...
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David C. Wilson: The Racial Bias in Dismissing Blacks Voters' Support for Obama
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Reactions to Colin Powell's endorsement of President Barack Obama for a second term have speculated that the two men's shared race is the explanation. While the notion that Powell is not being objective in his decision is reckless on the surface, let's simply assume that it is true. If we do, then can't we argue that any white endorser of Mitt Romney might be doing so because of their shared race, as well? More importantly, do individuals, groups, or the media ever make that argument? This morning, was leading with a story titled, "Is Race a Factor in Powell's Decision?" The article was based on an interview with Mitt Romney surrogate, and former New Hampshire Governor, John Sununu. Sununu stated: "When you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to look at whether that's an endorsement based on issues or he's got a slightly different reason for endorsing President Obama," Sununu said, adding: "I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of ...
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Join Mr. Rooter as A VIP Guest for Last Pittsburgh Power Home Game
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Mr. Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh will treat 10 VIP guests to a night of Arena Football and a chance to meet Lynn Swann. Enter our contest today!Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) June 10, 2012 Mr. Rooter Plumbing Pittsburgh and AFL team, Pittsburgh Power want to invite you to "Caption The Photo" for a chance to win 2 free tickets for a VIP night in a Party Suite. The Power will play their last home game at the Consol Energy Center on July 20, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ...
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Mile High Rewind #3: 1977 AFC Divisional Round vs. Steelers
Mile High Report - almost 5 years
I've watched the Broncos get railed in Super Bowl XII, and I've watched them squeak by the Raiders to get there in the 1977 AFC Championship. Both of those games kind of made sense. But one thing about that season never made sense to me. How the hell did Craig Morton and company make it past the Steel Curtain in the Divisional Round? I'm getting in my VHS powered time machine to check it out on Christmas Eve, 1977. via 1st Quarter ------------------ Flux Capacitor Problems - I must've only used about 1.20 gigawatts, because by the time I arrived, the Broncos had already blocked a punt and taken a 7-0 lead. The 3-4 - Starting lineups are a good reminder that the Orange Crush was a 3-4 team. The Steelers seem addicted to the run against them. I wonder if that's a response to the Ring of Fame backfield of Louis Wright, Steve Foley and Billy Thompson. East Coast Offense - I saw a bit in a documentary about how during the Steelers’ reign, Bil ...
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Barbara Bruno: Surviving the NFL Draft: Tips for the Casual Observer
Huffington Post Sports - almost 5 years
What does the intellectually curious would-be football fan need to know about the NFL draft? Football is so popular that the league's annual player draft, which involves no actual athletic participation whatsoever, is now a three-day event. While this is a beautiful thing for those of us who think way too much about football, one realizes that not every citizen is filled with unmitigated glee that two prime time evenings and one full Saturday of television viewing will consist of a man at a podium announcing the names of other men, who then enter stage-left, put on a hat, hold up a T-shirt and take photos. Some will cry. Did I mention the part about the delusional screaming audience members? Doesn't this sound like fun? If it does, you should move on to the next column because you, too, think way too much about football. If it sounds just about as appealing as a trip to the dentist -- you're on the right page. When some NFL addict in your home or social circle seizes ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lynn Swann
  • 2016
    Age 63
    He assumed the position on July 1, 2016.
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    On April 13, 2016, Swann was named as the athletic director of the University of Southern California.
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    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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  • 2015
    Age 62
    In 2015, before the primary elections, Swann announced his support of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, while also criticizing Donald Trump.
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  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, he did the same for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, once Romney had become the presumptive Republican nominee.
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    In the 2008 presidential election, Swann endorsed and campaigned with Arizona Senator John McCain for the presidency, though Swann had remained neutral through the primaries.
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    However, Swann did not file for the election and former congresswoman Melissa Hart won the Republican nomination unopposed and then lost to Altmire in the 2008 general election.
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    In 2008, Swann confirmed that he was considering running for the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district against Rep.
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    Swann was the sideline reporter on CBS' "Clash of Champions" bowling telecast that aired on May 10–11, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed with color analyst Nelson Burton Jr. and play-by-play man Bill Macatee. The broadcast marked bowling's return to network television for the first time since 1999 when CBS carried it. In October 2009, Swann joined the Augusta National Golf Club. He is a dues-paying member of the home of the Masters golf tournament, which is held every April. On August 19, 2010, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Swann would be a part of the ownership team for Pittsburgh's AFL expansion franchise, which began playing in the spring of 2011. Named the Pittsburgh Power, the team shares the new Consol Energy Center with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Swann has said that, despite his football experience, he does not interfere in the day-to-day coaching, although he will occasionally give some advice.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    Swann's opponents for the Republican primary had initially included Jim Panyard, State Senator Jeff Piccola, and former Lieutenant Governor William Scranton, III. After Swann received the endorsement of the Republican state committee on February 11, 2006, all three opponents quit the race, leaving Swann as the only Republican to have filed by the deadline of March 7, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Swann chose Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews as his running mate. Polls in early February showed Swann and Rendell in a statistical tie, though Rendell had the advantage of being the popular incumbent. Swann's campaign focused on reforming Harrisburg by addressing mass transit, property tax, law enforcement, the environment and the growing concern of obesity. He also supported giving the Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh's lone slots license so they could build a new arena, free of taxpayer money. In the end, Swann lost the election with 40% of the vote to incumbent Ed Rendell's 60%. Had Swann won, he would have been the first African American Governor of Pennsylvania and only the third African American elected governor of a state in U.S. history. Of the three Republican African American gubernatorial candidates in 2006, all three of them lost; Kenneth Blackwell lost in Ohio, and Randy Daniels lost in New York.
    On January 4, 2006, Swann formally declared his candidacy.
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  • 2005
    Age 52
    On February 23, 2005, Swann filed papers with the state elections board stating his intention to run.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, he formed a fundraising committee called Team 88 after his Steeler jersey number.
  • 2004
    Age 51
    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.
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    In 2004, Swann and President Bush declared May as an annual "National Physical Fitness and Sports" month, and created the annual HealthierUS Fitness Festival.
    More Details Hide Details They also enacted the Healthier Feds Physical Activity Challenge initiative for federal employees. On July 30, 2005, Lynn Swann retired as Council Chairman and was succeeded by John P. Burke.
  • 2003
    Age 50
    In 2003, President Bush and Chairman Lynn Swann launched at the Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Within the next year, 300,000 individuals registered on the website. Swann spoke at the National Press Club about the Council's programs to help Americans "Be Physically Active Every Day," and introduced the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.
  • 2002
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Swann succeeded Lee Haney, who had been appointed to the post by President Clinton.
  • 2001
    Age 48
    He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, a year before his teammate John Stallworth.
    More Details Hide Details On January 11, 1983, Swann announced his retirement from the Steelers.
  • 1998
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 30, 2013, at the Pasadena Convention Center.
  • 1991
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 30
    Upon retirement in January, 1983, Swann began his career full-time with ABC Sports, which ended after the 2006 Sugar Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details Swann has broadcast a variety of events as a host, reporter, and analyst. Included in these events are: the 1976 Winter Olympics, the 1976 Summer Olympics, the 1980 Winter Olympics, the 1984 Winter Olympics, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1988 Winter Olympics, the Iditarod Trail sled dog race, International Diving Championships, USFL, college football and Monday Night Football, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, the Irish Derby, ABC's Wide World of Sports, and Curt Gowdy's The American Sportsman.
  • 1979
    Age 26
    On June 10, 1979, during the summer after winning Super Bowl XIII, Swann married Bernadette Robi, the daughter of singer Paul Robi of The Platters. The pair divorced in 1983, and she is currently married to boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.
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  • 1976
    Age 23
    During his time at ABC, Lynn Swann began his broadcasting career in 1976 while still active with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Swann briefly hosted the television game show To Tell the Truth, on which he had previously appeared as a panelist before replacing original host Gordon Elliott, on NBC from 1990 to 1991. His 14-week run as emcee ended, and he was replaced by Alex Trebek. He made a cameo appearance on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
  • 1975
    Age 22
    Swann was named an All-Pro Team Selection in 1975, 1977, and 1978.
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    He was a Pro Bowl selection three times 1975, 1977, and 1978, and was selected on the 1970s All-Decade Team.
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  • 1974
    Age 21
    Swann was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 21st pick of the first round in the 1974 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details The Steelers draft class of '74 is considered one of the best in NFL history and included four eventual Hall of Famers: 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 three 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 Oakland Raiders, George Atkinson knocked Swann out of the game with a very hard but legal 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.
  • 1973
    Age 20
    In 1973, Swann rushed for 99 yards while catching 42 passes for 714 yards and six touchdowns.
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  • 1972
    Age 19
    In 1972, Swann rushed for 117 yards and had 27 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details This time, he led USC in receiving yards and finished second to tight end Charle Young in catches.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details McKay said of Swann, "He has speed, soft hands, and grace." He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in public relations in 1974. In 1993, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • 1971
    Age 18
    In 1971, Swann had 27 catches for 305 yards and two touchdowns.
    More Details Hide Details He led USC in catches and finished second to WR Edesel Garrison in receiving yards.
  • 1970
    Age 17
    At the 1970 CIF California State championship meet, Swann won the state title, defeating future Olympic gold medalist Randy Williams.
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  • 1952
    Born on March 7, 1952.
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