Doug Swift began his football career at Nottingham High School where he was an all-star defensive tackle for the Bulldogs. Swift’s gridiron success at the varsity level carried over to the college game as he had an exceptional career playing linebacker at Amherst College. Swift has the distinction of being the first Amherst graduate to play pro football.
Swift signed with the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and made an immediate impact with the team. Despite being a rookie, Swift earned a starting job at linebacker during the 1970 season. He also was an All-Rookie selection.
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Swift developed into a standout linebacker on the Dolphins’ famed “No Name Defense”. He played six seasons in the NFL for the Dolphins and helped them win a Super Bowl title in 1972, which was Miami’s undefeated 17-0 season. He was also on the 1973 Super Bowl championship team.
Swift retired from football in 1976 at the age of 27 to enter medical school. He later became an anesthesiologist in Philadelphia.
1965: Nottingham High School, All-City football, defensive tackle
1966-1969: Amherst College, Varsity football linebacker/tackle
1970: Signed pro contract with Miami Dolphins
1970-1975: Played linebacker for Dolphins; Member of the "No-Name Defense"; All-Rookie selection in 1970; All-AFC team; Played in three Super Bowls in six season including Miami’s undefeated 1972 team
1976: Retired from pro football, entered medical school at the University of Pennsylvania
2004: Nottingham High School retired his football jersey