Former NFL coach, heart transplant recipient Sam Wyche to ride in Rose Parade

Former NFL coach Sam Wyche at his home in Pickens on Monday, February 13, 2017. Which, who received a heart transplant in September 2016. Which will be speaking at the annual Upstate Heart Ball that will be held on February 17, in Greenville.(Photo: BART BOATWRIGHT/Staff)
Former NFL coach and heart transplant recipient Sam Wyche will be featured on the Donate Life float at the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

Wyche, of Pickens, underwent a transplant last year after suffering from a condition called cardiomyopathy, which weakened his heart so much it strained to pump blood.

Hope of finding a new heart had just about been given up when doctors called to say they finally found one, enabling him to have the transplant in September 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

A quarterback for Furman University in his college years, Wyche, 72, played quarterback for the Cincinnatti Bengals in the 1960s and later for the Washington Redskins. He also went on to become passing director for the San Francisco 49ers, head coach for the Bengals, which went to the Super Bowl during his tenure, and head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Continue reading

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