After months of hinting and posturing (we mean, testing the waters. Sorry), Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann made the big announcement last week — he's running for governor of Pennsylvania. Swann, a football commentator for ABC, hopes to earn the Republican Party endorsement for the May 16 primary. He would likely face Democratic Governor Ed Rendell, who is expected to seek a second four-year term. Other facts:
• Swann attended the same high school (Junipero Serra in San Mateo, Calif.) as Barry Bonds and Tom Brady. The school is located in San Mateo County, one of the most left-leaning counties in the nation.
• Rendell is a part-time sports analyst for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia — covering the Philadelphia Eagles.
• Announcing the news on his KTVU-TV San Francisco sportscast recently, commentator Mark Ibanez said brightly: "Coming up in sports, Lynn Swann to run for mayor of Pennsylvania!"
What are Swann's actual qualifications for high office? We went to his Web site to find out.
• 1. "Since 1980, Lynn Swann has been the National Spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America."
• 2. "Lynn has used his celebrity status to raise money to provide scholarships for the Pittsburgh Ballet."
Among those endorsing him: Mel Blount, Sen. John Pippy. Conspicuously absent from his site: Any trace of this photo.