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Thread: Lynn Swann
For DkBlue (or anyone else who wants to read).
Lynn Swann PFR ranking- 857th all-time (roughly 200 HOFers since 1950), so even if their were four HOFs, Swann still wouldn't get in.
I'm not sure where your support for Lynn Swann comes from.
In addition to very pedestrian career stats, the ideas that he was a "very good" or "one of the two best wrs of his era" are utterly unfounded.
You seemed to state that his lack of career numbers were due to a short career, when the factual information states that his lack of career numbers were due to the fact that he wasn't that productive.
Swann never once finished in the top 5 in the NFL in receptions.
He only finished in the top 10 in receiving yards 3 times, never finishing higher than 4th.
He finished in the top 10 in the league in TD catches 3 times, including once leading the league (about the only statistical argument you could ever make that he was "great")
He also had one season (1974) where he was a very good punt returner. However, as we've seen with Tim Brown's (a far superior WR) exclusion from Canton the last few years, punt return ability means little in HOF consideration.
Swann also only made 3 Pro Bowls, so the notion that there was some form of greatness that superceded his meager statistical production is also unfounded.
Among modern receivers, there is simply no precedent that says Swann is anywhere near being worthy of Canton.
I mentioned Harold Jackson yesterday. He was a few years older than Swann, but they were largely contemporaries.
Jackson had almost exactly double of Swann's career yards.
Jackson had 4 appearances in the top 10 in catches. Swann had two. Jackson also had a year where he led the league in catches and another where he was 4th. Swann was never in the top 5 even one in his career.
Jackson made 5 pro bowls vs. Swann's three.
Jackson was in the top 10 in receiving yards 5 times. Swann just 3 times. Jackson led the NFL in receiving yards twice and finished 3rd another year.
Jackson finished with 4 top 10 finishes in TD receptions, and like Swann had a year in which he lead the league in TD catches (13 in 1973).
Lynn Swann is in the HOF. Harold Jackson never even once has been selected as a HOF finalist.
This is why Swann is viewed by virtually every NFL stat expert as being horrendously overrated.
Not only are the stats not there, but neither are the Pro Bowls. The same media that thought he wasn't deserving of a Pro Bowl nomination more than three times in his career suddenly viewed him as HOF worthy??? That's what doesn't make sense in the least.
It goes to show how much of a disproportionate credit a player gets for having the blind luck of playing for a "dynasty". Had Swann played for any other NFL team, there would be zero merit for him being in Canton.
You can argue that Swann's stats suffered due to the era in which he competed, but look at his stats compared to other 1960-1985 era HOF WRs.
Compare him to Biletnikofin terms of times he was in the top ten in the major statistical categories
Compare him to Maynard
Compare him to Bob Hayes
Compare him to Charlie Joiner
Compare him to Charley Taylor
If you take the time to do that, you'll leave scratching your head over how Swann ever became a HOF finalist, let alone found enough support to get voted in.
Regardless of era, 3 pro bowls and 3 appearance in the top 10 in receiving yards doesn't get you into Canton....unless you happen to be a Steeler.