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Old 08-17-2006, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Lynn Swann update....

As you may recall I posted a take about how much of a jerk I think Swann is. I stated that I ascertained my information from a book. I found the excerpts I was looking for. The book is "Lambert, The Man in the Middle" by Jim O'brien.

1) pg. 346 Chapter named "Signing Stories, Who's Nice and Who's Not"

Saylor had a story about Lynn Swann, a former Steelers' receiver who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the summer of 2002. "I paid $75 a pop for his signature," recalled Saylor. "I had him sign a miniature USC helmet and a miniature Steelers helmet. I dropped $150 right there. I asked him if he'd put his number next to his name. Swann said, 'You're paying for my autograph--nothing else!'

2) pg 346

Frank Caputo, who owns Caputo's Sports Collectibles in Century III Mall, said, " I heard a story where someone asked Swann to sign some stuff that they were going to use to raise some funds for Mike Webster when he was hurting. Swann said he'd do it, but he had to get some money for it. That was disappointing to hear that."

3) pg 348

Another story making th rounds was that Swann got into a dispute with a Steelers' marking rep over how much of a commission the Steelers ought to get from Swann signing memorabilia. "Don't you know," said Swann in a huff, "that you are dealing with a HOF'er."

4) pg 348

I said "Hi, Mr. Swann. I'm a big fan of yours.' He never even acknowledged my greeting. He just turned around and walked back out. It was a real letdown. I felt so stupid for liking him in the first place.


The fourth scenerio was a statement made by a fan who was meeting Swann for the very first time.

I'm posting this just for anyone who questioned the integrity of what I was saying...
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Old 08-17-2006, 06:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

Hmmm... never knew this about Swann?!?!

The first story is the one that strikes me the most because it's direct from the person who had the encounter with Swann and not a "he said she said story". The one thing I can't understand about athletes is charging for their autograph... yeah people take it and sell it for the most part, but considering how much money they are already making (maybe not him because of the era he played in) they are really abusing their popularity.

Thanks for the posting this, it really makes you look at someone differently once you see how they really are, especially in reagrds to the Webster fund raiser, what a jerk if that's really how he acted!
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

Swann does seem awfully ****y! I`m was most impressed with him on the field. Back then without the internet, you didn`t know as much about the paople side of players.
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Old 08-17-2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

Being an old old Steelers fan I can remember Swanny caught anything near him. I will always remember him on the field and appreciate it.

I dont personally agree with or care for his politics, but I like to remember him as the great ball player he was.
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Old 08-17-2006, 09:16 PM   #5
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

My reason for continuing this whole thing...putting himself in public service is a joke...He doesn't seem to care about former teammates or anyone else buy LYNN SWANN!!
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My reason for continuing this whole thing...putting himself in public service is a joke...He doesn't seem to care about former teammates or anyone else buy LYNN SWANN!!

I dislike the sports memorabilia business. A few bad apples ruin it for everyone so I know why it is the way it is. Meanwhile the kids (well adults too) who want the autograph to frame and put on his wall are screwed.

If the story about the 'Webster signing' is true then that is truly appalling. That is the line that should never be crossed.

On the issue of politics in PA...that is a mess. 95% of elected officials there should be kicked out of office. That pay raise they dished out is an embarrassment. That crap is everywhere. Sounds like Swann will part of the problem and not the solution.
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

For what it is worth - - a few years ago, Lynn was here in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.... He was scheduled for 3 or 4 autograph sessions - - - I was lucky enough to go to a couple of them.... He signed 3 items (mini football, mini helmet and a Terrible towel) at one signing, and a jersey at another.... He took his time to be personable with everyone who was standing in line, and even made a big fuss over my friend's young son who was dressed in a Steelers' warm up suit - - size 9 months.......

I think that everyone is allowed an off-day, and perhaps the rules at the above mentioned signings were not of his doing.....

All I can add to this is that when Swann and Stallworth were downfield, it didn't really matter which one Bradshaw aimed for - - I always knew it was going to be a 'good show'.....

I wish him luck on his campaign..... I still follow Pennsylvania politics and we don't need the "there is no part of Pennsylvania west of Harrisburg" guy who is in there now......
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

I liked Swann as a player, but never knew anything about him as a person. After reading this, I STILL don't know much about him as a person.

Jim O'brien may have written a book that shows Swann in an unfavorable light, but we don't know how much is true and how much is politically motivated. This wouldn't be the 1st time that lies were told about a political cantidate.

Wether you agree or disagree with Lynn Swann poltically, I'd take Jim O'brien's comments with a grain of salt. This smells too much like a political hatchet job IMO.
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Default Re: Lynn Swann update....

a lynn swann autograph can be worth twice as much on e-bay with the #88 signed beside it and these atheletes know it. is the person asking him for a signature or for him to do his taxes? beggers shouldnt be chosers.

my aunt recently encountered pete rose in a cheescake factory in a vegas casino. she asked for an autograph on a napkin but he directed her to a high end shop where he was doing signings if you purchased a gift. she was pissed and refused (cheapest item was $80).

as he explained this was how he made his living nowadays. she did procede to tell him he wouldnt need to worry about that if he werent a crook.

point is most autographs are wanted for monetary value. otherwise a handshake or photograph will do you fine.
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a lynn swann autograph can be worth twice as much on e-bay with the #88 signed beside it and these atheletes know it. is the person asking him for a signature or for him to do his taxes? beggers shouldnt be chosers.

Now you made me run and look - - - all of the FREE autographs that I got from Lynn Swann have his name - - - - #88 - - - - and HOF!!!!!!

I'm smilin' now.......


Edited to add - - - don't look for any of that stuff on Ebay from me..... And my kids and Gkids are all Steeler Fans so they won't be selling it to raise money for my funeral, either.....
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