This just in across the old news wire. (stop) Former GT DE Pat Swilling named to College Football Hall of Fame. (stop) Details from yours truly are below, we'll have a brief on it in tomorrow's Telegraph... (stop)
Former Georgia Tech defensive end Pat Swilling was named Thursday to the National Football Foundation’s 2009 College Football Hall of Fame induction class. The onetime Yellow Jackets star was honored along with 15 other former college standouts, including NFL greats Tim Brown, Chris Spielman and Grant Wistrom.
Playing at Georgia Tech from 1982-1985, Swilling was part of the famed “Black Watch” defense that helped rebuild a struggling Yellow Jackets program into one that would claim a national title in 1990.
Named in 1991 to Georgia Tech’s All-Time team, Swilling set the NCAA record for sacks in a game (seven against N.C. State in 1985), while also setting the school record for sacks in a season with 15.
Selected in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Swilling made it to five Pro Bowls before being named to the Saints’ own Hall of Fame in 2000. In just his fourth professional season, he was named Defensive Player of the Year after recording 17 sacks.
Following his football career, Swilling was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives, and served a two-year term from 2001-2003. Currently, he is a New Orleans real estate developer.
In 2004, Swilling was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon.