Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Lynn Swann

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Chuck Noll who coached the Steelers to four Super Bowls and nine AFC Central Division Championships in 23 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of the key players  for these great coaches and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.

Lynn Swann learned dance at a young age and he was a graceful wide receiver who ran flawless pass patterns.  He was also a tremendous athlete who could make incredible catches in tight coverage and take the punishment.  He played fearlessly and with artistry and intelligence that helped make watching NFL football a spectacle.  

Wide receiver Lynn Swann, who would play for nine seasons, was Noll’s first round draft choice in 1974.  Having Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier meant that when needed, the Steelers’ rushing game was going to be top notch.  With Swann and Stallworth for Bradshaw’s passing game, the Steelers were able to attack other teams in a balanced way.  The offensive team that grew out from these key players was one that had firepower on the ground and in the air.