Samuel D. Wyche
Awarded: Knight Commander’s Accolade – April 8, 2017
Awarded by Knight Commander Darren S. Kay at the Leadership Lecture Luncheon during the 77th Convention & Brotherhood Weekend
While a member of the Iota Chapter, Sam played college football at Furman University after “walking on” without a scholarship. He earned a three year scholarship following his freshman year. After graduating from Furman, he earned his MBA at the University of South Carolina. As a graduate assistant, he was assigned to the young defensive backfield coach, Lou Holtz.
Drafted in 1968, Sam played multiple years in the AFL & NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, and ending with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976. Sam was a part of multiple playoff teams and appeared in Super Bowl VII.
In 1979, Coach Wyche joined his former BengaI’s quarterback coach, Bill Walsh, and drafted Joe Montana in their first draft. Sam coached the passing game in the 1981 Super Bowl XVI win over the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1984, Wyche was hired as the Bengal’s new Head Coach where he introduced the “No Huddle/Hurry Up” offense which helped the BengaI’s offense become one of the best in the NFL for eight straight years. Sam was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach in 1992. He spent the next four years as head coach until joining Marv Albert on the NBC broadcasts of the NFL in 1996.
Sam is in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, S. C. Football Hall of Fame, Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He is the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto and is a Kentucky Colonel, the highest civilian award given by the states of South Carolina and Kentucky.
Sam currently travels and attends many KA programs, such as Province Council, Emerging Leaders Academy, and the Number Is Leadership Institute, where he speaks to the undergraduate members about how to become better leaders in their chapters, on their campuses, and in their communities.