Last week it was former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. Now it’s a NFL coach.
Sam Wyche, coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals, who made it to the Super Bowl in 1989, has been drafted himself into politics by the GOP:
PICKENS COUNTY — Former NFL football coach Sam Wyche has joined the race for the District 3 seat on the Pickens County Council against Council Vice Chairman Ben Trotter.
Mr. Wyche joined the race Saturday morning, according to Pickens County Republican Party Chairman Phillip Bowers.
“He will be on the (primary) ballot in June,” Mr. Bowers said.
Mr. Wyche said a number of people approached him to consider running.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months now,” he said.
Mr. Wyche was the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-1991 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992-1995. He led the Bengals to the Super Bowl in 1989. He also is the owner of sporting goods retailer Sam Wyche Sports World.
While he has never been involved in politics before, he said he feels his business background and the experience he garnered while playing and coaching in the NFL will be an asset to him.
“I’ll bring a perspective of someone who has traveled and has been lucky enough to live in a lot of parts of the country,” Mr. Wyche said. “I feel like I can contribute.”
Mr. Trotter and Mr. Wyche were the only Republicans to have filed as candidates for the District 3 seat as of Saturday evening. The Pickens County Democratic Party could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.
Based on how this article was written, it appears he is going to be a primary challenger to a incumbent Republican. It’s good to see these athletes get into politics, certainly, there day to day dealings with the press and mass amount of people is a step in the right direction in at least being a candidate with a pulse. Now, they need to work on their issues and platform.-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx