In light of today’s resignation of USC’s Lynn Swann, I wonder if this is the last we will see of one of the greatest athletes from the 1970s, at least from public life. For me personally, Swann was the first athlete I wanted to be in the backyard football games I played. I’m not alone with this feeling, as he mesmerized my generation with his amazing catches, especially in Super Bowl performances.
Swann came out of USC , having won a national championship in 1972, with the 21st pick of the first round of the 1974 NFL draft, by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He won 4 Super Bowls with the Steelers and was MVP in Super Bowl 10. He was a 3-time pro -bowler and NFL Man of the year in 1981. He’s a member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.
Following his playing days, he stayed near the game, both as an announcer and as a part-owner of the Pittsburgh Power of the AFL. Following a brief career in politics, where he was a part of George W. Bush’s cabinet and a run at Governor, he returned to USC as Athletic Director, replacing Pat Haden.
Return the program to glory was in order, maybe this wasn’t accomplished, but the program is stabilized, as the school did win 5 national championships in 5 different sports, both by men and women teams.
If this is it, Mr. Swann, thanks for the memories and as always, FIGHT ON!!