By Ken Trahan | Crescent City Sports
NEW ORLEANS – As a third-round draft choice out of Georgia Tech, the New Orleans Saints believed Pat Swilling could be a good, solid player in the NFL. Little did the Saints know that Swilling would become the very best at what he did best.
Swilling’s excellence will be recognized on August 10 as he will be one of four standout local sports figures to be inducted into the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Each year’s Hall of Fame class is selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, a group of current and former media members who annually recognize a variety of award-winners, including the Hall of Fame, the Corbett Awards and the Eddie Robinson Award. The group also selects the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month each month.
A total of 26 individuals, including this year’s Hall of Fame class, and two teams will be honored at this year’s banquet.
As an outside linebacker, Swilling was the fastest, quickest pass rusher off the corner in the NFL. His speed was particularly accentuated playing indoors on the artificial turf of the Superdome.
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