WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When Super Bowl XL kicks off Sunday, there will be two Lynn Swanns rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their clash with the Seattle Seahawks.

Hall of Famer Lynn Swann is a former wide receiver for the Steelers and has four Super Bowl rings in his possession. He plans to watch the action unfold at Ford Field in Detroit.

His namesake, Lynn Swann, is public relations manager at The Greenbrier and has been a die-hard Steelers fan for as long as she can remember.

She and her family will be gathered around the television at their home in this resort village when Super Bowl XL begins.

“This Sunday we will all be wearing the same Steeler shirts that we wore through the playoffs. We won’t change a thing. We’re very superstitious when it comes to the Steelers. If I happen to be in the kitchen and they score a touchdown, I will have to stay there until they make another touchdown,” Swann said.

“We have our ‘terrible towels,’” she notes, referring to the attention-getters used to stir up the Steelers and their fans.

“We have a Steelers room in our house.” Among the memorabilia showcased there are a helmet signed by Franco Harris, a small Hall of Fame helmet with Lynn Swann’s signature and a baseball hat autographed by quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

The Spa City’s Lynn Swann points to their identical names as forging the friendship which she shares with “the other” Lynn Swann.

“I wanted to write a letter because I was always getting all these jokes,” said Swann, who contacted the former Steelers’ standout in 1995.

“I was very pleased when he wrote back as quickly as he did,” she said.

With Swann’s reply came two tickets to a Pittsburgh game. Also enclosed was an autographed copy of the Jan. 18, 1976, issue of Sports Illustrated with Swann on the cover. He was catching a pass during Super Bowl X in Miami.

According to Swann, she and the retired football player met face to face for the first time in her hometown.

“He was the guest speaker at the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce dinner in 1996. My dad and I met him at a reception before the dinner. He suggested that we have our photos taken together.”

Swann interjected a personal note in his speech in Wheeling when he announced that he had some good news.

“Mrs. Swann is pregnant and I am NOT the father,” he said in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

The friendship strengthened over the years. In 2001, when Lynn Swann was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Lynn and her husband, Bill, were among the special guests for a weekend.

“It’s weird,” Swann said in looking back over coincidences which have occurred since the Swanns first met.

“I was pregnant during Super Bowl XXX, which was the Steelers’ last Super Bowl.”

She said that during the game her unborn daughter, Sara, gave her first kick.

“We always kidded that she was angry because the Dallas Cowboys beat the Steelers,” she said.

“Our daughter, Emily, was born 25 years to the day when Lynn Swann was named MVP of Super Bowl X,” she added.

“We exchange Christmas cards of our kids. She added that their paths also cross occasionally at The Greenbrier.

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