Applause erupted at Tournament House on Sunday when Trojan Lynn Swann was named to the 2013 Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame. This prompted sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, who announces the annual honors, to profile Swann twice instead of the once given to Lloyd H. Carr of University of Michigan and Orlando Pace of Ohio State.
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Calling Swann “One of the most graceful athletes I ever saw,” Jackson said, “He’s still in the ballet business in Pittsburgh,” as one of the biggest supporters of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Lloyd H. Carr was inducted for his coaching record at the University of Michigan: 28 years as a defensive and later head coach, nine Rose Bowl Games, and a 12-0 season in 1997. He coached the Wolverines from 1980 to 2007 and has a 122-40 record. Carr led Michigan to six bowl victories and five Big Ten titles. He won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, awarded to the coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community, in his final year. “You can’t be a great coach unless you’re a great teacher,” Jackson said.
Orlando Pace, playing for Ohio State from 1993 to 1996, was a two-time consensus first-team All-American offensive tackle. “Woody Hayes said to me that Orlando Pace was one of the best football players he’d ever coached,” Jackson said. He shut down All-American pass rusher Derrick Rodgers to help the Buckeyes defeat previously unbeaten Arizona State, 20-17, in the 1997 Rose Bowl Game. Honors include the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, Sports Illustrated 1999 NCAA Football All-Century Team, the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s, the College Football Hall of Fame and Ohio State “O” Hall of Fame.
Lynn Swann, “The Flying Trojan” as Jackson calls him, played for USC in two Rose Bowl Games. He led the Trojans in receiving yards in 1972, beat out UCLA for the 2013 Rose Bowl slot, and racked up 108 yards and a touchdown. With a 42-17win over Ohio State, the team became the first in history to be unanimously voted No. 1. Swann’s honors include consensus All-American and winner of the Pop Warner trophy in 1973, the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and USC Athletic Halls of Fame. “Continuously year after year, he does something for his country and his community,” Jackson said. “But he never forgets his friends, and sends them a bill.”
The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor three individuals each year who have contributed to the history and excitement of the game. There are now 110 inductees, who are honored with a trophy, blazer, and a permanent plaque at The Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
The induction ceremony for the Class of 2013 is open to the public and will be held on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at noon at the Pasadena Convention Center. Tickets are available to the public at $60 per person through Sharp Seating.
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