If you’re a football fan, you may have heard some of Earshot’s work during week 16 of the NFL’s 2016 season. NBC Sports featured a story on Sam Wyche’s ascent to the position of NFL coach, his sometimes explosive personality, and his recent battle with a life-threatening heart disease.
Sam Wyche had a long and storied career in American football. He was a quarterback in the AFL and NFL before becoming an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers, where he recruited and mentored Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana. He coached at Indiana University in 1983 and went on to coach the Cincinnati Bengals, leading them to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost, ironically, to Montana and the 49ers. Wyche pioneered the use of the “standard” no-huddle offense – which had historically only been used at the end of a half.
After his professional coaching career, Wyche spent several years as an analyst for NBC and CBS as well as coaching high school football in Pickins, South Carolina.
On September 9, 2016, Wyche was admitted to Carolina medical Center, suffering from congestive heart failure. On September 13, he underwent a 4.5 hour transplant surgery
The 11 minute feature, produced by NBC’s Jack Felling, was mixed in 5.1 Surround by Earshot’s Brice Bowman. The segment aired on Christmas Day during NBC’s pre-game broadcast before the meeting between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.