Sixteen things you might not know about Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann once ran for governor of Pennsylvania.

Lynn Swann once ran for governor of Pennsylvania.

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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 and field championships.

2. The person who finished second to him that year: Randy Williams, who won the long jump gold medal at the 1972 Olympics.


3. Swann graduated from USC with a degree in public relations in 1974.

4. Played on USC’s undefeated national championship football team in 1972

5. Was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, 21st overall, in the 1974 NFL draft.

6. As a rookie, he led the NFL with 577 punt return yards.

7. Appeared on an episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” in 1981, where he showed how studying dance as a kid helped him become a better football player.

8. Won four Super Bowls as a member of the Steelers.

9. Retired after the 1982 season.

10. Was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the ‘70s.

11. Was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

12. Was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

13. Worked for ABC Sports from 1976-2006, where he covered the NFL, college football, six Olympics and multiple Kentucky Derbies, among other events.

14. Made a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler film “The Waterboy.”

15. Was named chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness by President George W. Bush in 2002. Swann stepped down from the post in 2005.

16. Ran for governor of Pennsylvania as a Republican in 2006 but lost to incumbent Ed Rendell, 60.4%-39.6%.



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