Former NFL coach Sam Wyche dies at age of 74

By Nick Shook,

Sam Wyche at Kappa Alpha Order's 77th Convention in St. Louis, Mo. (Photo by David Hungate for Kappa Alpha Order)

Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche died Thursday. He was 74.

Wyche coached the Bengals to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history in 1988, leading Cincinnati to a 12-4 mark before they were defeated by Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers in heartbreaking fashion in Super Bowl XXIII. He compiled a 61-66 mark in eight seasons with the Bengals, which included two trips to the postseason where he went 3-2.

Wyche will always be remembered for his passion, which manifested in a legendary, rivalry-stoking statement to snowball-hurling Bengals fans to stop acting like their Northern Ohio counterparts: “You don’t live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!”

Wyche’s career saw him move to Florida in 1992, coaching in Tampa Bay before moving on to a life beyond the sideline.

The Kappa Alpha Order brother from Furman University was a great advocate of the fraternity experience. Read more on his career in this feature from the Kappa Alpha Journal.