Former Bucs coach Wyche gets new heart

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Sam Wyche is out of surgery and is now in recovery, according to his Facebook page.

The post says that the surgeon said Sam did great and the total operating time was about 4.5 hours, according to the post.

The post also says “He is strong man, spiritually and physically with a strong hear, thanks to a wonderful donor and donor’s family.”


Wyche found out that he had a match about 7:30 Monday night, according to a Facebook post and was taken to the operating room just before 3 a.m., Tuesday.

Wyche was said to have less than a week to find a donor heart.



Earlier today, Wyche posted on his Facebook page that he needed a donor this week.

The post said “It’s 3rd and long for this team. Coach Wyche needs a new donor heart within the next week. His medical team is reconsidering the feasibility of an LVAD (artificial heart pump) in view of his history of blood clots in his lungs and the placement of a Greenfield Filter over 10 years ago. They are concerned that this may create a problem attaching an LVAD. He is scheduled for X-Rays and further evaluation today. Additional updates to follow as we know more. #Pray4CoachWyche.”

Wyche is a legendary NFL coach, player and Pickens resident.

He played college football at Furman, and later was a quarterback in the NFL for several teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Cardinals and Buffalo Bills.

Wyche then turned to coaching and was an assistant with the 49ers before becoming the head coach at Indiana University. Wyche left college coaching after one season to become head coach of the Bengals in 1984.

He led Cincinnati to Super Bowl XXIII before being fired in 1991. Wyche later became the head coach of the Buccaneers from 1992-1995.

After his coaching career, Wyche was a game analyst for CBS Sports coverage of the NFL for several seasons. In recent years, he’s served as a volunteer coach at Pickens High School.


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