Meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2001

Lynn Swann Wide receiver. Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-'82. The facts: First-round draft pick (21st overall) in 1974. ... Used primarily on punt returns as a rookie. ... Saw limited action at wide receiver late in his rookie season, and his TD catch against Oakland in the AFC championship proved to be the game-winner. ... Had 41 punt returns for 577 yards, one touchdown and a 14.1-yard average as a rookie. ... Became a regular wide receiver in his second NFL season, catching 49 passes for 781 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. ... Finished his second season by winning MVP honors in Super Bowl X for catching four passes for 161 yards, including the 64-yard, game-winning TD catch. ... Finished career with 336 receptions for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns. ... Scored 318 points on 53 touchdowns. ... All-Pro in '75, '77, '78. ... Appeared in three Pro Bowls. ... Will be presented by former Steelers WR John Stallworth. Joel Buchsbaum says: "Lynn Swann is the one I have a slight question about, especially going in over John Stallworth. Swann had three or four years in the middle of his career when he was absolutely brilliant, and he had the magnificent Super Bowl catches and game. Except he wasn't a long-term player or an exceptionally durable player, and at the beginning of his career, he was basically a backup and a rotating receiver. At the end, he was hurt an awful lot."

Ron Yary Offensive tackle. Minnesota Vikings 1968-'81, Los Angeles Rams 1982. The facts: The Vikings used bonus pick acquired in Fran Tarkenton trade with the Giants to select Yary first in 1968. ... Two-year consensus All-America at USC. ... Winner of the '67 Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's top college lineman. ... Had speed, agility, intelligence, aggressiveness and strong work ethic. ... Very durable, as he missed only two games because of injury. ... Military forced him to miss first three games of the '69 season. ... Took over as right tackle at midseason of '69 ... All-Pro in '71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '76. ... Played in seven Pro Bowls, from 1972-'78. ... Starting right tackle in Super Bowls IV, VII, IX and the '69, '73, '74, '76 and '77 NFL/NFC championships. ... Was traded to the Rams for a 10th-round draft pick in '82. ... Played in eight games for the Rams in '82, his final NFL season. ... Appeared in 207 games during his 15-year career. ... Will be presented by John Michels, Vikings assistant coach from 1968-'93. Joel Buchsbaum says: "Ron Yary was a long-time very good offensive lineman. He was the No. 1 pick in the draft. He may have been a little bit overhyped at times. He wasn't quite as good, I don't think, overall as Dan Dierdorf, Art Shell and those players. He was good, but he generally would lose his legendary battles with Jack Youngblood."

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