Eric Swann

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Eric Swann
No. 98
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1970-08-16) August 16, 1970 (age 48)
Sanford, North Carolina
Career information
High school:Lillington (NC) Western Harnett
College:Wake Technical Community College
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:6
Player stats at

Eric Jerrod Swann (born August 16, 1970) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1st round (6th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. A 6'5", 317 lbs. defensive tackle, Swann never attended college and was drafted from a semi-professional football team called the Bay State Titans located in Lynn, Massachusetts. He played in ten NFL seasons from 1991–2000 for the Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.

High school[edit]

Swann played high school football at Western Harnett High School and graduated in 1989.[1] During his high school years, he was state runner-up in shot-put and discus throwing, recording distances of 54' 02" and 152' 06", respectively.[2]

Semi-pro career[edit]

Swann was bound for North Carolina State University, but was ruled academically ineligible. Rather than enrolling at NC State as a Proposition 48 student, Swann instead opted to attend Wake Technical Community College.[3] In 1990, he left Wake Technical to join the semi-pro Bay State Titans in Lynn, Massachusetts with a $5 an hour salary.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

On April 24, 1991, Swann signed a five-year contract with the Phoenix Cardinals; the team became the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.[5] In 1995 and 1996, Swann was named an NFL All Pro and to those years' Pro Bowl teams.

In 1998, Swann re-signed with the Cardinals for a five-year, $25 million contract with a $7.5 million signing bonus.[6] At that point in time, it was the richest contract ever signed by a Cardinals player in the history of the franchise.[7] Because he was recovering from knee surgeries, Swann did not practice with the Cardinals in the 1999 training camp period.[8] In 1999, he played nine games and had four sacks and a 42-yard interception.[9]

The Cardinals waived Swann on July 11, 2000.[10] Two weeks later, he signed a one-year, veterans' minimum deal with the Carolina Panthers along with Reggie White.[11]

Eric Swann agreed in 2007 to play for the Hudson Valley Saints, who are a member of the North American Football League.[12]

Eric Swann was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame 1998.[13]


  1. ^ "Past Shrine Bowl Players in the Pros". WRAL. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
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  3. ^ Teel, David (August 5, 1989). "Fierce Area Recruiter Vacates Deacons' Staff". The Daily Press. Newport News, Va. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  4. ^ Duckworth, Ed (September 15, 1996). "Tobin building confidence". The Providence Journal. pp. C8. Six years ago, the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder dropped out of Wake Technical College in Raleigh, N.C., to play for the Lynn, Mass.-based Bay State Titans of the short-lived Minor League Football System.
  5. ^ a b "Cardinals Sign No. 1 Choice, A Former Semipro Player". The New York Times. Associated Press. April 25, 1991. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "Swann Re-signs With Cardinals". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 12, 1998. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  7. ^ The New York Times Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Swann dives back in". Associated Press. July 22, 1999. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  9. ^ "Eric Swann". NFL. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  10. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. July 12, 2000. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  11. ^ "N.F.L.: TRAINING CAMPS ROUNDUP; Searcy May Miss Year". The New York Times. July 25, 2000. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  12. ^ Houghtaling, Eric (July 14, 2007). "Saints marching back in". The Daily Freeman. Kingston, N.Y. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008.
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