Nashville mourns the passing of Frank Wycheck, a beloved figure in Titans history.

Frank Wycheck, who threw the lateral in the NFL's'Music City Miracle,' dead at 52 | CNN

Wycheck, born on October 14, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, tragically passed away at the age of 52 after a fall at his home in Chattanooga, TN. He was discovered unresponsive following the incident.

Survived by his two adult daughters, Deanna and Madison, both married, and three grandchildren – Leo, Stevie, and August, Wycheck’s family intends to honor his wishes by contributing to ongoing brain injury (TBI) and CTE research. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk expressed profound sadness, emphasizing Wycheck’s integral role in Titans football, both on and off the field. She highlighted his immediate connection with the community, his significant contributions during games, and his enduring impact, leading to his induction into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Retiring after an impressive 11-season NFL career in 2003, Wycheck boasted 505 receptions, 5,126 yards, and 28 touchdowns across 155 games. He stood among the top tight ends in NFL history, earning three Pro Bowl selections and ranking fourth in career receptions at the time of his retirement.

Wycheck’s relentless work ethic and commitment earned him respect from teammates and opponents alike. His dedication extended beyond the field, remaining engaged with Titans Radio post-retirement and hosting popular sports talk shows in Nashville.

He maintained close ties to Middle Tennessee, where he played 137 games for the Titans, amassing 28 touchdowns and a team-record streak of 99 consecutive games with at least one reception. Notably, Wycheck’s defining moment came during the Music City Miracle in 2000, executing a crucial lateral pass to Kevin Dyson in a memorable AFC Wild Card game against the Bills.

Beyond his on-field achievements, Wycheck’s philanthropic endeavors, notably his work with Special Olympics Tennessee through events like the annual Harley Ride, left a lasting impact. His charitable contributions were widely recognized, earning him a place in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and a spot as the 12th Titan in the franchise’s Ring of Honor.

Despite retiring due to a series of concussions at 32, Wycheck departed the game with pride and satisfaction, acknowledging his unexpected journey from a sixth-round pick to a celebrated NFL career. He reflected on achieving his goals and expressed gratitude for an incredible ride in football.

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