Strange & Interesting
Published: Nov 8, 2011
Before Political Life; Lynn Swann NFL wide receiver for Steelers
by Staff

Politicians' previous jobs: Lynn Swann NFL wide receiver for Steelers. As the recent sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain illustrate, pre-political history can either haunt or help a candidate.

We'll take a look at the lives of political leaders before they detoured into politics ­-- from actors to athletes, musicians to musclemen.

Lynn Swann: Years in office: 2002 to 2005

Office: Former chairman, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Republican

Political life: After chairing the Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Swann ran for governor of Pennsylvania in 2006 but lost the election to the incumbent Ed Rendell.

Previous gig: Swann was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 21st pick of the first round in the 1974 NFL Draft. The Steelers draft class of '74 is considered one of the best in NFL history and included 4 eventual Hall of Famers: Swann, John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert.

Swann spent his entire NFL career with the Steelers and wore the jersey number 88.

Source: MSN A-list, Wikipedia

The Before Political Life list:

Jimmie Davis Country Singer

Helen Gahagan Actress

Jack Kemp Pro Football Quarterback for NFL and AFL

John Glenn Astronaut

Bill Bradley NBA player

Ronald Reagan Movie actor

Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry actor

Fred Grandy The Love Boat actor

Jim Bunning was a former Tiger and Phillies pitcher

Shirley Temple child actress

Herman Cain former CEO of Godfathers Pizza

Sonny Bono The Sonny & Cher Show

Jesse Ventura professional wrestler

Tom Osborne college football coach

Arnold Schwarzenegger actor and director

Heath Shuler NFL quarterback

Dave Bing NBA point guard

Al Franken Saturday Night Live writer

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