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Pat Swilling
Jersey #(s)
Born October 25, 1964 (1964-10-25) (age 45)
Toccoa, Georgia
Career information
Year(s) 19861998
NFL Draft 1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 60
College Georgia Tech
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 107.5
Interceptions 6
Touchdowns 1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Patrick Travis Swilling (born October 25, 1964(1964-10-25) in Toccoa, Georgia) is a former American football defensive end in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and a delegate in the Louisiana House of Representatives. A Democrat, Swilling is no longer a legislator. He had stated an interest in seeking the position of sheriff of Orleans Parish. He earned five Pro Bowl appearances.

New Orleans fielded fierce defenses in 1991 and 1992, led by one of the best linebacker units in the league. In 1991 Swilling had 17 sacks and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In 1992 linebackers Rickey Jackson, Vaughan Johnson, Sam Mills, and Swilling, also known as the Dome Patrol, all played in the Pro Bowl, and the Saints led the league in quarterback sacks. Despite its tenacious defense, the team lost in the first round each time it made the playoffs.

Swilling was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1993 for draft picks. In his first year with Detroit he made it to his fifth and final Pro Bowl. The Detroit Lions qualified for the playoffs in both of Swilling's seasons with the team, being eliminated each time, in the first round, by the Green Bay Packers. Swilling finished his career with 107.5 sacks.[1]

On April 30, 2009, Swilling was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He is currently a real estate developer in New Orleans.


  • Swilling left Georgia Tech as the all time sack leader and now ranks 5th. [2]
  • Was a member of a defensive unit nicknamed "The Dome Patrol."
  • In order to sign Swilling Detroit had to "unretire" the legendary Joe Schmidt’s number.

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