Lynn Swann was born in Alcoa, TN, to Willie and Mildred Swann. At the age of two, Swann and his family (parents and two brothers) moved to California.
Swann played college football at the University of Southern California, playing for the legendary John McLay and was an All-American for the Trojans, including the 1972 undefeated and National Champion squad. Swann earned his degree in Public Relations from USC’s renowned School of Journalism an
Swann was drafted with the 21st pick in the first round of the 1974 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, remaining with the team for his entire eight year NFL career. The Steelers draft class of ’74 is considered one of the best in NFL history and included 4 eventual Hall of Famers: Swann, John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert. 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 be a cornerstone of the Steelers’ dynasty, winning four Super Bowls and making the Pro Bowl three times (1975, 1977 & 1978). Swann retired after the 1982 season and his outstanding achievements led to his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2001.d was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Even during his playing days with the Steelers, Swann began a successful broadcasting career with ABC Sports and stayed with the network through 2006.
Swann currently sits on the board of directors of H.J. Heinz Company, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment, Empower Software, and Transdel Pharmaceuticals. He is also the Managing Director of Diamond Edge Capital Partners, a financial marketing firm.
Since 1980, Lynn Swann has been a National Spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He now serves on their National Board of Directors and was President of the National Board from 1993 to 1995. He has travelled across the country, visited with the U.S. Congress, and has appeared at The White House on behalf of the nation’s premiere one-to-one mentoring organization.
It is his community leadership, along with other qualities, that aided President George W. Bush to ask Mr. Swann to serve as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 2002-05.
In 2006, Lynn Swann ran for the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Swann did not win the contest, but ran an extremely strong and popular campaign.
Keep up with Lynn on Twitter: @Lynn88Swann