Sam Wyche Biography – Wiki
He was born on January 5, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Sam Wyche was an American professional football player and coach. He was a player and head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and a quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers. As head coach, he led the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost to the 49ers 20–16, relinquishing the lead with only 34 seconds remaining. He was also known for introducing the use of the no-huddle offense as a standard offense (as opposed to use at the end of the half).
He was 74 years old.
Sam Wyche Early Life and Career
Wyche and his wife, Jane, had two children, Zak and Kerry, and six grandchildren. He was a private pilot for many years. He also enjoyed golf, tennis, jogging and riding his Harley.
Wyche underwent a biopsy on lymph nodes in his chest in 2000. His left vocal cord was severed during the procedure, leaving his voice consistently hoarse and scratchy. From 2004 to 2006, he was a volunteer at Pickens High School in South Carolina as a public speaker. He was an amateur magician.
In 1996, Wyche filled in as a games investigator with Marv Albert on a week after week NFL game for NBC. In 1997, he was elevated to the studio on NBC’s week by week pre-game and half-time appears.
He filled in as an investigator for CBS with Kevin Harlan on the week after week NFL games from 1998 until week 2 of every 2000 when his voice gave part route through a game among Miami and Minnesota. Beesley Reece came up from sideline answering to do shading analysis for the remainder of that game. He came back to CBS in 2001 where he did the initial two rounds of the NFL season with Gus Johnson, and Brent Jones.
In 2006, he was an observer on Westwood One’s NFL Thursday night inclusion, with Dick Enberg. Additionally in 2006, he started working with Tom Werme broadcasting Southern Conference Football for Fox Sports South.
On November 4, 2008, Wyche secured a seat on the County Council for Pickens County, South Carolina. Running as a member of the Republican Party, Wyche defeated Democrat Wesley Burbage for the Pickens seat, by a margin of 6,478 votes to 1,639.
On September 9, 2016, Wyche was admitted to the Carolinas Medical Center’s Dickson Heart Unit in Charlotte, North Carolina, awaiting a heart transplant due to congestive heart failure. Three days later, a heart was found, and on September 13, Wyche underwent a 4.5-hour transplant operation.
Wyche was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2019 and died at his home in Pickens, South Carolina, on January 2, 2020, three days short of his 75th birthday.
I always enjoyed being around Sam Wyche. Heck of a guy and a brilliant offensive mind. People thought he was crazy running the no-huddle as a base offense back in the 80s. Next time your team gets a penalty for too many in the huddle, think of Sam; his use of it got it outlawed.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 2, 2020
— Tim Krumrie (@timkrumrie) January 2, 2020
My coach, my mentor. He was an innovator and took chances that no coach ever would. He was an even better human being. He loved his players and always kept it interesting. He taught me how to be a NFL QB. My heart breaks for his wife Jane his kids Zak and Kerry. #onelastwhodey pic.twitter.com/oI8efRQIui
— Boomer Esiason (@7BOOMERESIASON) January 2, 2020