Sam Wyche

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Samuel David Wyche (January 5, 1945 – January 2, 2020) was an American professional football player, coach and politician. He was a player and head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and a quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He led the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wyche also played for the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also coached at the University of South Carolina and Indiana University, and for the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Buffalo Bills.[1]

On November 4, 2008, Wyche won a seat on the County Council for Pickens County, South Carolina.[2] He ran as a member of the Republican Party.[2]

On September 9, 2016, Wyche was hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina, while waiting for a heart transplant due to congestive heart failure.[3] Three days later, a heart was found, and on September 13, Wyche had a 4.5-hour transplant operation.[4]

Wyche was diagnosed with melanoma in December 2019 and it had spread to his bones and liver. He died at his home in Pickens, South Carolina on January 2, 2020 from problems caused by the disease, three days short of his 75th birthday.[5]

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  1. "Alumnus and Former NFL Coach, Sam Wyche to speak at NLI". Kappa Alpha Order. November 9, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Stone, Saitta re-elected". The Pickens Sentinel. November 4, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  3. Terrell, Katherine (September 9, 2016). "Sam Wyche awaiting heart transplant". ESPN.
  4. Keeler, Scott (September 13, 2016). "Furman Hall of Famer Wyche in recovery after transplant". The Greenville News.
  5. Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche dies at 74