Former NFL Coach Discusses Organ Donation At Pittsburgh Center


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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A former NFL coach who was the recipient of a heart transplant spoke about his experience at the Pittsburgh Center for Organ Recovery and Education on Saturday.

As a former player and coach in the NFL, Sam Wyche knows all about fighting battles. Wyche coached the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984 to 1991 and remembers some classic football wars with Chuck Noll and the Steelers.

“Chuck told me one time at a League meeting, ‘You realize you are the only coach that has a winning record against me, only active coach,’” Wyche said. “I said, ‘You got to be kidding me, all I remember is getting my butt kicked.’”

After his coaching days ended, Wyche fought his biggest battle.

In September 2016, he suffered severe heart failure and desperately needed a miracle. Continue reading