Why Book Sam Wyche?
Atlanta native, Sam Wyche is one of only four people, in the history of the NFL, to have played in a Super Bowl (SB VII with Washington Redskins), been an assistant coach in a Super Bowl (SB X VI with San Francisco 49ers), and been a Head Coach in a Super Bowl (SB XXIII with Cincinnati Bengals). The other three men are Mike Ditka, Dan Reeves, and Tom Flores.
Sam played his college football at Furman University after "walking on” without a scholarship. He earned a three year scholarship following his freshman year.
After a year with the Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Minor League, he earned his MBA at the University of South Carolina. As a graduate assistant, he was assigned to the young defensive backfield coach, Lou Holtz.
In 1968 he became one of the original Cincinnati Bengals, playing quarterback. He played in the Bengals first playoff game ever, in 1970, against Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts. Traded in 1972 to the Washington Redskins, he played on three straight playoff teams, including Super Bowl VII. Traded to the Detroit Lions in 1974, he finished his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals and Buffalo Bills in 1976.
Coach Wyche joined his former BengaI's QB coach, Bill Walsh, in 1979 and drafted Joe Montana in their first draft. Sam coached the passing game in the 1981 Super Bowl XVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1984, Sam became the Head Coach of the Indiana Hoosiers in the Big Ten. A year later he was hired as the Bengal’s new Head Coach. Wyche combined Walsh's ”West Coast" offense with his "No Huddle" offence and the Boomer Esiason led BengaI's offense was among the best in the NFL for eight straight years. Coach Wyche was the Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992 until joining Marv Albert on the NBC broadcasts of the NFL in 1996.
In 1996 he replaced Mike Ditka on the NFL on NBC pre-game show. Wyche joined CBS in 1997, with game day partner, Kevin Harlan.
Sam has been a volunteer for the Pickens High School varsity football team for six years, with a two year break in 2004-2005, when he was the QB coach for the Buffalo Bills.
Coach Sam Wyche is in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, S. C. Football Hall of Fame, Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame.