CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche died around noon Thursday, according to a family friend.
Wyche, 74, died very quickly and was surrounded by family.
He passed away after a short battle with metastatic melanoma.
Wyche was drafted by the Bengals in 1968 out of Furman University, according to FOX19 NOW’s media partners at the Enquirer. He started nine games at quarterback with a 2-7 record.
After his playing days, Wyche would come back to Cincinnati to coach the Bengals from 1984-91, leading the team to Super Bowl XXIII, which they would lose to the San Fransisco 49ers.
Wyche is also remembered for chiding words he spoke to the crowd during a 1989 game against the Seattle Seahawks, during which fans threw snowballs onto the field to protest what they thought were bad calls by the officials. To stop the pelting, Wyche said over the house microphone:
“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!”
Doctors said they couldn’t treat his cancer due to medications Wyche was on following his heart transplant in 2016.
Wyche sat down with FOX19 NOW’s Tricia Macke after his transplant. You can watch that interview below.
Wyche was head coach for the Bengals from 1984 to 1991 and led the team to Super Bowl XXIII in 1989.
Bengals President Mike Brown says Wyche was a “wonderful guy”.
He released the following statement: