(RightWing.org) – Nashville, in addition to being the heart of country music, is also home to the Tennessee Titans football team. Sadly, Nashville and NFL fans recently learned that retired tight end Frank Wycheck passed away at his home in Chattanooga at only 52.
On Sunday, December 10, longtime Titans beat writer Terry McCormick posted a statement from Wycheck’s family confirming the football player’s untimely death the previous day. They wrote that it appeared that Wycheck suffered from a fatal head injury after falling and hitting his head at his Chattanooga home on Saturday morning. An unnamed person found him unresponsive a few hours later.
The family also noted that Wycheck made the decision to move to Chattanooga to be closer to family members. Sadly, he left behind two daughters, Madison and Deanna, and three grandchildren — August, Stevie, and Leo. As per his wishes, his family announced that they plan to work with experts researching traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder believed to result from repeated head injuries.
The family concluded their statement by expressing their appreciation for the love and support extended to them by others. However, they asked the public to “respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Wycheck played college football for the University of Maryland before getting picked up as a sixth-round draft pick by the Washington Raiders in 1993. He played with the team for two seasons before transferring to the Houston Oilers in 1995. He moved with the team to Tennessee two years later after Houston oil tycoon and team owner Bud Adams decided to move the franchise there.
Wycheck is best known for participating in a standout play from the Titan’s first playoff game of the 1999 season. With only 16 seconds left in the game, the Buffalo Bills executed a short kickoff to reduce the likelihood of a successful return. Titans fullback Lorenzo Neal fielded the ball and handed it to Wycheck, who threw it across the field to Kevin Dyson. He sprinted the remaining 75 yards for the winning touchdown.
The Titans originally called the play the “Home Run Throwback,” but NFL fans and sportswriters call the maneuver the “Music City Miracle.”
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