If elected, Swann will back Pens

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

DETROIT -- As a former Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lynn Swann appreciates the passion of Iron City sports fans.

As a candidate for the governor of Pennsylvania, the Hall of Fame receiver wants to ensure the future of one of Pittsburgh's other popular pro teams.

Swann said yesterday that if elected, he intends to do everything in his senatorial power to keep the NHL's Penguins in town.

"They are looking for financing for a new arena and it's something that needs to be addressed," Swann said when asked about the threat of the team leaving.

"We don't want to lose the Penguins. Mario Lemieux has been a great, great personality for Pittsburgh and no one wants to see the team leave town."

Swann, was one of several Super Bowl MVP's of the past on hand yesterday for a reception honouring the 40th anniversary celebration of the championship game.

He walked into a ball room with former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, two of the principals in Super Bowl XIII, a 35-31 thriller won by the Steelers.

Swann was surrounded by arguably the most impressive group of NFL stars ever assembled in one room.

Former Grenn Bay Packers great Bart Starr was there as was Steelers running back Franco Harris, the Dallas Cowboys duo of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, San Francisco 49er Steve Young and another Steeler, Terry Bradshaw.

"I don't feel like I belong this this group," said former Broncos star running back, Terrell Davis. "It's an honour just to be in the same room."


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