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What happens to the youngest of three boys, whose name is Lynn, when his mother enrolls him in dance school as an eight year old child? What will people say?
"Maybe the most perfect wide receiver of his time." Howard Cosell - Monday Night Football, November, 1980
"...the Baryshnikov of football..." Curt Gowdy, Sr. - Super Bowl X, January, 1976
"I always thought that what Swann did was a higher art form than what Baryshnikov is doing because I know that Swann is not as good a dancer as Baryshnikov, but I would like to see Baryshnikov dance while people are trying to separate his head from his'n body .... and I'd like to see Baryshnikov catch a bullet pass while doing this stuff. I think that some of the things that Swann did with his body ... I hope ... would be available to art historians." Roy Blount, Jr.- Commentary in Autumn Ritual NFL Films Television Production, 1986
Well, if your name is Lynn Swann, then you became an artist in the world of football. Lynn Swann, while in high school, was an All-American in football, California Long Jump Champion and still dancing.
Accepting a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC), Lynn Swann played football on two Rose Bowl teams, National Champions in 1972, team captain and MVP in 1973, was selected an All-American, was drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the USC School of Journalism and was still dancing.
For nine years, Lynn Swann was a vital player with the Steelers as they won four Super Bowls. Lynn Swann was named to the All-Rookie Team in '74, Pro Bowl in '76, '78, '79, MVP of Super Bowl X in '76, and was selected NFL Man of the Year in '81. In 2001, Mr. Lynn Swann was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
All the dancing paid off. Lynn Swann was on stage also, with Gene Kelly, ballet star Peter Martins and dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp in a 1980 Omnibus television special.
Lynn Swann began his broadcasting career in 1976 while still active with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Upon retirement in January 1983, Lynn Swann began his career full-time with ABC Sports, which continues through today. Lynn Swann has broadcast a variety of events as a host, reporter, and analyst. Included in these events are: the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Winter Games in 1988, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, International Diving Championships, USFL, NCAA, and NFL Football, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the Irish Derby and Wide World of Sports.
Away from work, Lynn Swann is an active community volunteer. Mr. Swann is on several boards of directors and is a spokesperson for several national organizations. He has received numerous honors for outstanding service and contributions for the continued growth and development of our nation's young people. Mr. Swann has provided over 100 scholarships to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School for children between the ages of 10 and 18.
Since 1980, Lynn Swann has been the 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. Lynn Swann has traveled across the country and visited the White House on behalf of the nation's premiere one-to-one mentoring organization.
In June 2002, Lynn Swann was selected by President Bush to chair the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In his free time, Lynn Swann enjoys playing golf, gourmet cooking, and collecting fine wines.
In Lynn Swann's case, dancing turned out to be a great beginning.
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