Chattanooga, TN – December 11, 2023
In a somber turn of events, former Tennessee Titans player Frank Wycheck, renowned as one of the team’s greatest tight ends and a pivotal figure in an iconic NFL play, has passed away at the age of 52. The news, shared by his family, revealed that Wycheck fell in his Chattanooga home, resulting in a head injury. He was discovered unresponsive later that afternoon.
Wycheck, a Philadelphia native, concluded his illustrious 11-season NFL career in 2003, earning Pro Bowl selections for three consecutive years. The tight end achieved legendary status for his role in the “Music City Miracle,” a historic play that unfolded in January 2000. In this unforgettable moment, Wycheck executed a lateral pass during a “kickoff return with only 16 seconds left in the game.” Despite the Buffalo Bills holding a one-point lead, Wycheck’s strategic play set the stage for wide receiver Kevin Dyson to score a last-second touchdown. This victory propelled the Titans toward a Super Bowl berth after subsequent triumphs over the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Reflecting on his remarkable career during his retirement press conference, Wycheck expressed, “I did everything I set out to do and much more. From a guy who wasn’t even supposed to be in a training camp, let alone to where I ended up, I’m truly proud and I couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s been a truly great ride.”
Wycheck commenced his NFL journey with the Washington Commanders in 1993 before joining the Houston Oilers, which later transformed into the Tennessee Titans. His contributions to the sport earned him a spot in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, and he became a revered member of the Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame, now known as the Titans Ring of Honor.
Post-retirement, Wycheck transitioned into the world of sports commentary, becoming a popular radio personality. He co-hosted the morning sports show “Wake Up Zone,” broadcast on Nashville’s WGFX, and provided insightful commentary on Titans Radio, a network spanning over 40 stations dedicated to covering the Tennessee Titans.
Frank Wycheck is survived by his two adult daughters and three grandchildren. His passing marks the end of an era for football enthusiasts who admired not only his on-field prowess but also his significant contributions to the sports media landscape.