While Swann gets all of the reverence and acclaim, Stallworth was the quiet workhorse of the receivers, doing it in his own way that was just a little less style and a bit more substance.
Both Lynn Swann and John Stallworth were amazing Hall of Fame talents. However, when it came down to down (or, for that matter, touchdown to touchdown), I give the Alabama kid the advantage over the future politician in the 70's receivers battle.
Stallworth: 537 catches, 8,723 yards, 63 touchdowns
Swann: 336 catches, 5,462 yards, 51 touchdowns.
Stallworth's five additional seasons of work put him over the top of his peer. While many think of Swann as the clear victor regarding postseason clutch plays, Stallworth has his own share of big playoff moments.
In Super Bowl XIII, he caught a record-tying 75-yard touchdown pass, a key moment in what would turn out a narrow 35-31 win over Dallas.
One year later, he enjoyed his finest career moment, sharing the sun with his esteemed peer as a Super Bowl hero. With the Steelers trailing the underdog Rams 19-17 early in the fourth quarter, Chuck Noll called for "60-Prevent-Slot-Hook-And-Go.
It would become the stuff of Steelers legend. Bradshaw dropped back and threw a strong bomb down the middle to Stallworth, who caught it over the shoulder and beat Rod Perry to the end zone for a 73-yard touchdown. He would also make another deep catch during the 14-point fourth quarter in which the Steelers buried their overmatched opponents from the West.
Stallworth holds the NFL record for most consecutive playoff games with a touchdown catch, scoring in eight straight postseason games. Likewise, he ranks among leaders in average yards per catch in the NFL playoffs.
Opposed to an inability to let go of the game, the receiver was productive even late in his career. He led the AFC with a career-high 1,395 yards during the 1984 season, earning the honors of NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Stallworth continued to be a force at receiver into the mid-80s, helping keep the team in the playoff hunt during a solid half-decade of decline after their dynastic prime.