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Sam Wyche awaiting a donor heart in Charltote hospital

1987:  Head coach Sam Wyche of the Cincinnati Bengals stands on the sideline during a 1987 NFL game against of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images) Getty Images

Sam Wyche is trying to force overtime.

The former Bengals and Buccaneers coach announced on his personal website that he’s in a Charlotte hospital awaiting a heart transplant, and will get an artificial heart pump installed if a donor heart is not available in the next few days.

But he has retained his sense of humor, telling Stephanie Towers of WYFF that “You got the bases loaded, one out and you got to the championship and it’s up to you to hit the ball.”

Wyche said he’s trying to stay active, and had walked 24 laps around the floor of the hospital (the same one where Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s heart transplant happened in 2009).

“I’m doing fine. I’m in good spirits, eating good,” Wyche said . “I can’t run away, I’ve got a bunch of wires and tubes and stuff stuck all in me, so just waiting on a heart.”

Wyche lives in Upstate South Carolina, and has worked as a volunteer coach at Pickens High school after his career in the NFL and in broadcasting. He was one of the more innovative and personable coaches in the league, and our best wishes are with him and his family.

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35 Responses to “Sam Wyche awaiting a donor heart in Charltote hospital”
  1. sewalters79 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:06 AM

    Very sorry to hear and hope he gets it.

    Sam, would you want a heart from Cleveland:)

  2. jeagan1999 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:16 AM

    Prayers and best wishes to you Coach Wyche!

  3. mclennon99 says: Sep 9, 2016 7:32 AM

    God speed Sam…hope everything works out ok.

  4. babyjunkie says: Sep 9, 2016 7:35 AM

    Good thing he DOESN’T LIVE IN CLEVELAND.

  5. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Sep 9, 2016 7:35 AM

    Best wishes coach !!

  6. tjdvikes says: Sep 9, 2016 7:50 AM

    I shall keep you in my prayers, Sam. God speed.

  7. dawkphan says: Sep 9, 2016 7:52 AM

    My Prayers are with the Coach

  8. lgbarn says: Sep 9, 2016 7:55 AM

    Man, I wish nothing but the best for coach. As a Tampabay fan, we can’t thank him enough for drafting some major talent for Dungy to mold. He won’t get the credit but in my eyes, he’s a big deal in Tampa Bay Bucs history.

  9. alcondragonblog says: Sep 9, 2016 7:57 AM

    Wow! Sorry to hear that coach! God Bless and with much hope, a new heart for you!

  10. smokehouse56 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:06 AM

    We are all rooting for you coach.

  11. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 9, 2016 8:28 AM

    Thoughts are with you Sam, stay positive.

  12. fwippel says: Sep 9, 2016 8:30 AM

    Best of luck, Sam. Hope to see you in better health soon.

  13. heartofsteel36 says: Sep 9, 2016 8:51 AM

    Best Wishes to Coach Wyche!

  14. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 9, 2016 9:01 AM

    As a Browns fan, he made Bengals rivalry fun in the 80s. Get well coach!

  15. beefsbrother says: Sep 9, 2016 9:12 AM

    Where is Charltote?

  16. goodguyattorney says: Sep 9, 2016 9:33 AM

    This former Tampa resident and current Charlotte resident is sending all the good vibes possible Coach!

  17. nolanwiffle says: Sep 9, 2016 9:49 AM

    It should also be noted that Sam played for George Allen as a…………..Redskin!

  18. abninf says: Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    It has to be terrifying knowing a doctor is going to remove your heart from your body.

  19. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 9, 2016 10:17 AM

    Sam Wyche, creator of the no-huddle, among other things. Yes, this man invented the no-huddle offense. Buffalo complained to the league, which forced Cincy to stop using it during their ’88 Super Bowl, then Buffalo later stole the offense and named it “K-Gun”. We still love you in Cincy, Sam. Prayers to you and your family.

  20. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    Is Chartote in North Caroluna?

  21. 6thsense10 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:25 AM

    It’s so weird. The only way Sam can survive is if someone relatively young with a healthy heart dies. This isn’t like someone waiting on a kidney donor who can go on living a normal life after donating. Hope he lives and condolences to the heart donor’s family.

  22. schmitty2 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:28 AM

    “Will the next person that sees anybody throw anything onto this field, point em out and get em out of here…you don’t live in Cleveland you live in Cincinnati!”

  23. truthprofessor says: Sep 9, 2016 10:50 AM

    I suggest Roger Goodell be the heart donor

  24. j972 says: Sep 9, 2016 10:55 AM

    Sam is one of the good guys.

  25. granadafan says: Sep 9, 2016 11:42 AM

    “Wyche said he’s trying to stay active, and had walked 24 laps around the floor of the hospital (the same one where Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s heart transplant happened in 2009).”

    That’s the type of “punishment” SEC coaches dole out to players who commit crimes. 24 laps around the endzone for you, young man!

  26. beneagles says: Sep 9, 2016 12:27 PM

    What a wonderful and brilliant Coach. God Bless Him.

  27. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 9, 2016 12:37 PM

    Good luck Sam, I always liked him, he was a good coach who played by the rules.
    A good person who deserves a few more orbits around the Sun.

  28. ducknichols50 says: Sep 9, 2016 12:45 PM

    Get well Coach

  29. brendafortheboyz says: Sep 9, 2016 12:47 PM

    God Bless you, Sir. Prayers and warm wishes coming your way!

  30. natijim235 says: Sep 9, 2016 1:00 PM

    Sam made being a Bengal fan fun…..Hope everything works out!

  31. mysterytonite says: Sep 9, 2016 1:07 PM

    Prayers out to you and your family Coach. Who Dey Nation will always love you!!!

  32. fullbacksarepeopletoo says: Sep 9, 2016 1:43 PM

    Ravens Nation are praying for you, Sam. Fight the good fight!

  33. heavenow1 says: Sep 9, 2016 2:01 PM

    I suggest Roger Goodell be the heart donor


    Impossible. You have to have a heart in the first place.

  34. tucobenedictopacificojuanmariaramirez says: Sep 9, 2016 8:47 PM

    truthprofessor says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:50 AM
    ” I suggest Roger Goodell be the heart donor”

    Roger Goodell IS the world’s only surviving heart donor…

  35. pslbucfan says: Sep 10, 2016 12:08 AM

    Hopes and prayers to you sir. This Bucs fan remembers you roaming the sideline, and hopes you get the heart you need. Good luck and God speed.

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