The Pittsburgh Steelers had an amazing run of success in the 1970’s and it can all be chalked up to great coaching and an incredibly talented roster. On both sides of the ball, offensive and defensive, the team had a number of players that would eventually make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the key components of the Steelers teams during that era was strong armed quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
Terry Bradshaw did not have the best start to his career as in the beginning he lost a number of games and threw a ton of interceptions. He would eventually settle down and with the addition of great talent around him, he would help the Steelers eventually win four Super Bowl titles in six years.
During all that time though and with all those great players, who was Terry Bradshaw’s favorite receiver? He is most often associated with two all time great Steelers receivers, Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. Lynn Swann was the flashier and more well known player. He was famous for making incredible catches look somewhat routine. Stallworth was more looked at as the reliable and steady workmanlike receiver, although he could go deep and make the great catch too. Stallworth’s career lasted much longer as Swann’s was cut short due to injury, but both of them would end up being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Basing the discussion solely around touchdown passes as a determining factor, Lynn Swann edges John Stallworth out as Terry Bradshaw’s favorite receiver. During the course of their time together in the league, Bradshaw hooked up with Swann for a touchdown 49 times during the regular season.