Frank Wycheck, a three-time Pro Bowl tight end and the architect of the Titans' famous “Music City Miracle'' victory, was found dead in his home in Tennessee on Saturday.
He was 52 years old.
“At this time, it appears that Mr. Wycheck fell and hit his head inside his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Saturday morning. He was found unresponsive that afternoon, according to the Titans' official website.” Wycheck's family said in a statement.
Wycheck was drafted by Washington in 1993 and played 11 NFL seasons, the last nine with the Oilers and Titans, before the franchise moved from Houston to Tennessee.
He finished his career with 505 receptions, 5,126 yards, and 28 touchdowns, and was nominated for three consecutive Pro Bowls from 1998 to 2000.
Wycheck also beat the Bills in Nashville in the 2000 AFC Wild Card Game, running across the field on a kickoff return to Kevin Dyson, who ran 75 yards for the touchdown that led the Titans to a miracle victory. I made the pass.
Wycheck, who served as the Titans' announcer after retiring in 2003 due to a series of concussions, was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in 2013.
He has two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
In accordance with his wishes, Wycheck's family plans to work with experts on ongoing brain injury (TBI) and CTE research, the statement said.
Wycheck said in 2017 that he was “certain” he had CTE.