Sam Wyche has lived an eventful life, full of both triumph and adversity.
Born in Atlanta, Wyche played quarterback at Furman University and then for the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Cardinals. Nothing came easy. He also apprenticed for a year with the Wheeling (W.Va.) Ironmen of the Continental Football League.
Wyche, who underwent a heart transplant in 2016, is the keynote speaker at Wednesday night’s Laurens County Touchdown Club Banquet at The Ridge, beginning at 7.
Tickets are available at the door for $20, but non-members need to call the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce at 864-833-2716 to make reservations. Lee’s Barbecue is the caterer.
Wyche’s greatest accomplishments came in coaching. He is generally credited as the originator of the no-huddle offense. He was head coach of the Bengals for eight years, advancing to Super Bowl XXIII, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four. He was an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills.
In college, Wyche was a head coach for one season at the University of Indiana and an assistant at South Carolina in 1967, before he played professionally.
Honored at the banquet and by the Touchdown Club all season long are the football programs of Laurens District High School, Clinton High School, Laurens Academy and Presbyterian College, especially the all-county football team, led by Player of the Year Duane Martin and Coach of the Year Chris Liner, both of LDHS, whose members will be individually honored by the club.