Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Sam Wyche has passed away on Thursday afternoon at his South Carolina home. He had his troubles with health issues for some time, having a heart transplant in September of 2016. Wyche lived with cardiomyopathy for 15 years before the transplant. Wyche, who would have been 75 years old this Sunday, was diagnosed with Liver cancer in 2019, and that is what brought about the end to the 12 year NFL coach’s life.
He was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-1991, which resulted in a Super Bowl XXIII appearance. When he left the Bengals, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992 as head coach. He, in a long, drawn-out story that we will have another time, and his ties to Bill Walsh was one of the main reasons John Lynch was a Buccaneer. He and Rich McKay is the reason that the Buccaneers drafted Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp.
If anyone ever had the privilege to meet MR. Wyche, then they met one of the absolute nicest people on this planet. I can remember as a youngster seeing Coach Wyche playing golf at Rocky Point Golf Course near Skyway Park. He will be sorely missed.