Lynn Swann to be 2013 Benefit Keynote Speaker
Coach McKay once said that Lynn Swann has “speed, soft hands, and grace.” It is only fitting that Lynn Swann shall be the keynote speaker at this year’s Annual Benefit showcasing USC Athletics at the John McKay Center.
Lynn Swann played football as USC’s star wide receiver for Coach John McKay. He made the thenschool record of 96 receptions and was second in receiving yardage with 1,562 yards and finished as the third leading punt returner in the school’s history. In 1973, he was an All-American wide receiver and won the Pop Warner Award as the best senior player on the Pacific Coast. He graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the School of Journalism. Swann was later inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1993.
He went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was named the All-Rookie team in 1974. Swann helped the Steelers win four Super Bowls and was voted Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl X in 1976. He was selected National Football League Man of the Year in 1981. Swann retired from professional football in 1982. He was named an All-Pro Team Selection in 1975, 1977, and 1978 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was also selected to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team by Hall of Fame voters.
Swann became a full-time broadcaster with ABC Sports upon his pro-football retirement. He served as a reporter and analyst for the Olympic Winter Games and Olympics. He has covered college games, Monday Night Football, and Wide World of Sports.
Swann also contributes to his community as a volunteer. He serves on several board of directors and is a spokesman for National Big Brothers and Sisters of America. Swann served as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for President Bush from June 2002 to July 2005. He provided funding for over 100 scholarships to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Lynn is part owner of the Arena Football League team, the Pittsburgh Power.
You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear one of USC’s legends speak at our Luncheon Benefit.