Lynn Swann
'79 Steelers Yearbook Profile
BIRTHDATE--March 7, 1952
BIRTHPLACE--Alcoa, Tennessee
HOW ACQUIRED--Draft (1st in '74)
COLLEGE--Southern California
NFL EXP.--6 years
GAMES PLAYED--'74 (12), '75 (14), '76 (12), '77 (14), '78 (16)

PRO: Is one of the premier WRs in pro football and his ability to consistently deliver in the clutch elevates him above the other great ones..... Was only WR to make every major All Pro team in 1978..... Selected to All NFL 1st team by AP, NEA, Pro Football Writers, Pro Football Weekly and College & Pro Football News and All AFC 1st team by UPI and Sporting News..... Elected to AFC Pro Bowl team for the third time in four years..... Continued yearly improvement in 1978 and had his best season with career highs of 61 receptions and 880 yards, both of which were the most by a Steeler since 1969..... Finished third in the AFC after leading conference for most of the season..... Was only the fourth time a Pittsburgh player had 60 or more catches and his total is already third highest in team history..... Jumped from 11th to a tie for 4th on all-time receiving list with Buddy Dial (229) and Ray Mathews (230) this season, leaving only all-time leader Elbie Nickel (329) ahead of him..... Made eight catches for 134 yards vs. San Francisco, both of which are regular season career highs..... Last season matched his career high of 11 TD receptions to bring his career total to 34 which ties him with Mathews for the 3rd most ever by a Steeler and could reach the top spot this season with nine which would enable him to pass Nickel (39) and Dial (42)..... Ranks 9th among active AFC players in TD catches..... Had three 2-TD and two 100 yard games to bring career totals to seven and six respectively..... Had his best postseason ever with 13 catches for 274 yards and a great 21.1 average while scoring 3 TDs..... Had second outstanding Super Bowl with seven catches for 124 yards and the winning TD.....Now holds SB records for yards receiving, career (285), yards receiving, game (161), punt return average, game (11.3) and shares marks of TDs receiving, career (2)..... Is third in receptions, career (11)..... Was a number one draft choice and the first WR selected in 1974..... Was used primarily as a punt returner where he excelled in first season..... Had a 14.1 average which was the 3rd best in the AFC and the 4th highest in Steeler history..... His 41 returns and 577 yards that year are team records..... Had a 64 yard TD return against New Orleans which is the last time a Steeler scored a TD on a punt return..... Primarily because of rookie performance in this category is 4th on Steeler all-time list for punt returns (60), return yardage (740), and average (12.3).....Scored the winning TD on a pass reception in the 1974 AFC Title game against Oakland..... Set a SB single game record with 34 yards on three punt returns..... Replaced Ron Shanklin and became a regular in 1975..... Caught 49 passes to rank 6th in the AFC..... His 11 TD receptions tied for the NFL lead..... Was a near-unanimous All-AFC 1st team selection and a consensus ALL NFL choice..... Named to the Pro Bowl for the first time..... Surpassed regular season performance with an outstanding postseason..... Sensational SB against Dallas earned game's MVP award as he caught four passes for a game record 161 yards, including a 64 yard reception in the fourth for the Steelers' final and game-winning score..... After a slow start because of injuries in 1976, still managed to lead team in receptions and was one of the sparks in a great comeback..... Returned to All-Pro form in 1977 with 50 receptions, the most by a Steeler since 1969, and ranked 6th in the AFC..... Made Pro Bowl and was selected to several All-NFL and All-AFC squads..... In spite of slight stature is very strong and an excellent blocker..... One of the fiercest competitors in professional sports..... Has great timing and jumping ability..... Is a complete player.

COLLEGE: Three year starter..... 1st team All America AP, UPI, Football Writers, Time and Kodak in 1973..... Also selected to "Blocking" All America team..... Holds all-time school record with 95 receptions and his 1,562 yards is the second best career mark..... Led PAC-8 in receiving in 1973 with 42 catches..... Caught six passes in the 1973 Rose Bowl and five more the next year..... Is USC's third leading all-time punt returner..... Lettered as a long jumper in sophomore year..... Public Relations major.

PERSONAL: Married (Bernadette)..... Lives in Marina del Rey, California..... Has occupied his off-seasons in preparing for a broadcasting career and has had several national television appearances..... Was a high school All America in San Mateo, California..... Has participated in several Super Star team and individual competitions.

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