|Birthdate:||March 7, 1952|
|MVP:||Super Bowl X|
|Other:||Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.|
Lynn Swann was one of the most graceful receivers ever to play the game--a leaping, diving Nureyev of the gridiron. If NFL record keepers gave receivers style points, Swann probably would have led the league each year he played.
As a matter of fact, Swann studied ballet to improve his agility, but he was unlikely to lead the NFL in receptions while performing in the run-orientated Steelers' offense. His 336 receptions in nine seasons remained the Pittsburgh career record until John Stallworth surpassed him, but other NFL receivers racked up many more catches than Swann each season.
Swann's specialty was the significant catch, the reception that wins the game. The best example of that was his performance in Super Bowl X when he was named the most valuable player. He had only 4 receptions, but they were spectacular and good for 161 yards, including a game-winning 64-yard touchdown. In four Super Bowls his catches totaled 364 yards.
The former USC All-American joined the Steelers in 1974 and spent most of his first season returning kicks. By his second year, he took his place among the elite receivers of the NFL.
His ability to turn a game around with a single catch earned him all-pro recognition in 1975 and 1978. He was All-AFC three times and was chosen to three Pro Bowls.
Swann has fashioned a successful second career as a television sports reporter.