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Sam Wyche considered one of the most innovative coaches in the NFL as well as a master of motivational techniques. Sam's inspiration was the key to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history when the Cincinnati Bengals went from 4-11 in 1987 to the Super Bowl the next year. Sam was Head Coach of the Bengals for eight years followed by four years as Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sam concluded his coaching career in 1995.

Sam is an accomplished speaker and magician. The lessons he has learned on the field can be helpful to everyone. He presents them with a delightful sense of humor and a personal appeal that keeps an audience excited.

Sam can tailor a presentation to the specific needs of an audience weaving stories of triumph and the work ethic into a message that will inspire and motivate a group as it learns how his approach to achieving success on the field can be adapted to any endeavor.

  • Born January 5, 1945
    Samuel David "Sam" Wyche was born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Furman University 1963 to 1965
    Wyche played college football at Furman University as a quarterback He was also an initiated member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University and his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina
  • Wheeling Ironmen 1966 to 1967
    Wyche played for the Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League.
  • USC 1967
    While at the University of South Carolina to receive his MBA, Wyche was an assistant coach for the Gamecocks.
  • Cincinnati Bengals 1968 to 1970
    He signed with the American Football League expansion Cincinnati Bengals for the 1968 season. He completed 35 passes in 55 attempts (63.6 percent) for 494 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 74 yards (a 6.2 average) and caught one pass for five yards.
    In his second season, 1969, he played in seven games, completed 54 passes in 108 attempts (50.0 percent) for 838 yards and seven touchdowns. He rushed 12 times for 109 yards (an 8.9 average) and one touchdown.
    He continued to play for the Bengals as they entered the National Football League in 1970 as part of the NFL-AFL merger. He played in all 14 games  with 26 completions in 57 attempts (45.6 percent) for 411 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed 19 times for 118 yards (a 6.2 average) with two touchdowns.
  • Washington Redskins 1971 to 1973
    He played for the Washington Redskins, who appeared in Super Bowl VII.
  • Detroit Lions 1974
    Wyche played for the Detroit Lions.
  • St. Louis Cardinals 1976
    Wyche played for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • San Francisco 49ers 1979 to 1982
    Wyche was an assistant coach and directed the passing game for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Indiana University 1983
    Wyche was the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.
  • Cincinnati Bengals 1984 to 1991
    Wyche was hired as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984. Known as an emotional coach, he bonded well with his players . His Bengals were also the first to use the No-huddle/hurry-up offense as a base offense.
  • Semi Pro Hall of Fame 1988
    Sam Wyche was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992 to 1995
    Wyche was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach in 1992. He spent the next four years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Broadcasting 1996 - present
    Wyche works as a NFL analyst and commentator.
  • Buffalo Bills 2004 to 2005
    Wyche was the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Volunteered 2002 to 2008
    Wyche volunteered as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Pickens High School Blue Flame in Pickens, South Carolina. He helped the Blue Flame get to the second round of the playoffs in 2006. Wyche was a registered substitute teacher in Pickens County schools.

Contact Info

Sam Wyche
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