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Former Cincinnati Bengals Coach Sam Wyche Dies at 74

One of, if not the most successful head coach in Bengals history has passed away, as the Bengals announced on Thursday the passing of ex-coach Sam Wyche.

The former Bengals coach, who led the team to the Super Bowl in the 1988 season, was 74 years old.

Wyche coached the Bengals from 1984 to 1991, and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992 to 1995, compiling a regular-season record of 84-107.

His most successful season as head coach came in the 1988 when his Bengals went 12-4 and made it to Super Bowl XXIII, where they lost 20-16 on a last-minute touchdown pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

“Sam was a wonderful guy,” Bengals President Mike Brown said Thursday. “We got to know him as both a player and a coach. As our coach, he had great success and took us to the Super Bowl. He was friends with everyone here, both during his tenure as head coach and afterwards. We not only liked him, we admired him as a man.

“He had a great generosity of spirit and lived his life trying to help others. We express our condolences to Jane and his children Zak and Kerry.”

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