Former Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann has resigned as the athletic director at his alma mater USC.
“Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” USC president Carol Folt said in a press release.
Swann, 67, had been the Trojans’ athletic director since 2016. The USC football team had a rocky 2018, with the school’s first five-win finish since 2000 coming on the heels of back-to-back New Year’s Day bowl game appearances under Clay Helton in 2016 and 2017.
Swann’s decision to stick with Helton for 2019 was unpopular in some circles. USC started its season 2-0 with wins over Fresno State and then-No. 23 Stanford at home in Los Angeles.
Swann was previously the co-owner of the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League from 2011-14. He was the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania in 2006 and was the chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport from 2002-05. Swann was a broadcaster for ABC sports from 1976-06.
He retired from the Steelers and the NFL at the end of the 1982 season. The team’s first-round pick in the 1974 NFL Draft, he amassed 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns over nine seasons and won four Super Bowls.
Steelers Defense First in 30 Years with Four Straight 50-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — Stephon Tuitt’s third quarter sack of Philip Rivers gave the Steelers defensive unit at least 50 sacks in each of the last four seasons (2017-20). The Steelers are the first team in the NFL to record 50-plus sacks in four consecutive seasons since the New York Giants (1985-1988).
This marks yet another historic achievement for the Steelers defense. Earlier in the game, TJ Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold.
Unlike the time period of the Steelers streak, the Giants were a consistent contender and won a Super Bowl during that span under Bill Parcells in the late 1980’s. After missing the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019, this Steelers team is assured a spot in the 2020 postseason. But just being in the playoffs is not enough on its won to secure receiving the respect of great defenses of the past.
TJ Watt Becomes First Steelers Player with Multiple 14-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — While the Steelers defense joined NFL history with its streak of consecutive games with a sack a couple weeks ago, linebacker TJ Watt’s sack of Philip Rivers early in the first quarter of his team’s game against the Colts gave him an historic achievement all to himself.
Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold. The 26-year-old linebacker continues a season that has him firmly in the discussion to earn his first career Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Watt is also on pace to surpass his previous career high for solo tackles in a season. He entered the game with 40 with 50 being his best total from the 2018 season.
Steelers to Announce 2020 Hall of Honor Class in Halftime Livestream
The Pittsburgh Steelers will announce their 2020 Hall of Honor class at halftime of the Week 16 meeting with the Indianapolis Colts in a livestream video presentation, the club announced Saturday night.
The event will be hosted by AT&T Sportsnet and ESPN Pittsburgh’s Stan Savran, and will provide fans a virtual tour of the new Hall of Honor display and include interviews from former Steelers players and coaches on the 2020 class.
As announced back in September, the safety Troy Polamalu, middle linebacker James Farrior, outside linebacker Greg Lloyd, safety Mike Wagner and defensive end Dwight White will be honored as the 2020 class.
Pittsburgh inducted 24 inaugural members when the Hall of Honor was created in 2017. The Steelers added five more inductees in 2018, while four new members were enshrined last year.