American Football Database
Doug Swift
Date of birth: (1948-10-24) October 24, 1948 (age 73)
Place of birth: Syracuse, New York
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Amherst
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round:
 As player:
1970-1975 Miami Dolphins
Playing stats at

Doug Swift (born October 24, 1948 in Syracuse, New York) is a former American football linebacker who played six seasons in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins. Swift moved into the starting lineup as a rookie and held the strongside linebacker position for the next six seasons, including the Dolphins' Super Bowl victories following the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Swift's blitz late in the second quarter of Super Bowl VII forced Washington Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer to make a hurried throw, which Nick Buoniconti intercepted and returned into Washington territory to set up the Dolphins' second touchdown in a 14-7 victory, cementing Miami's 17-0 season. Made available in the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft, he chose to retire from football and enter medical school rather than report to the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[1]

He is a graduate of both Nottingham Senior High School and Amherst College (1970). Dr. Swift is an anesthesiologist in Philadelphia.


  1. Martz, Ron. "Bear sizes up the Buccaneers". St. Petersburg Times. 17 Jul 1976