Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Clarence "Swanny" Swanson

Clarence "Swanny" Swanson


  • Position: End
  • School: Nebraska
  • High School: Wakefield, NE (Wakefield HS)
  • Years: 1918-1921
  • Inducted: 1973
  • Place of Birth: Wakefield, NE
  • Date of Birth: Mar 15, 1898
  • Place of Death: Lincoln, NE
  • Date of Death: Dec 03, 1970
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 167

Member Biography

It was the final game of the 1921 season when Colorado State came to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln. Already the season had been a success for Nebraska, as the Huskers had made it big along the comeback trail. They were 6-1-0 entering the game and not a single Nebraska player wanted to drop the guard in the season finale. Then, an end named Clarence Swanson ignited the Cornhuskers offense that buried CSU, 70-7. Captain Swanson set a school record when he caught three touchdown passes in that game. And his record stood for 50 years before All-America great and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rogers matched it in a 1971 game against Minnesota. Swanson made All-America in 1921 and the only team to beat the Cornhuskers was powerful Notre Dame, 7-0. During Swanson's four varsity seasons in a Cornhusker uniform, Nebraska was 17-10-4. No one who ever saw this fast, sure-handed receiver in action could quarrel with his induction into the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame.