NFL icon passes away at 52

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.11 - 2023 8:47 AM CET

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Frank Wycheck, the former NFL player renowned for his role in the 'Music City Miracle', passed away at the age of 52. The Tennessee Titans, Wycheck’s former team, confirmed the news on their website, stating that he had a fatal fall at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Saturday evening, American time, and Wycheck was subsequently found unconscious.

A Legendary Moment in NFL History

Wycheck’s name is synonymous with one of the NFL’s most memorable moments. On January 8, 2000, in a playoff game between the Titans and the Buffalo Bills, Wycheck executed a lateral pass that led to a 75-yard touchdown by Kevin Dyson, just three seconds before the end of the game.

This play, famously dubbed the 'Music City Miracle', turned the tide for the Titans, who were trailing 15-16 with only 16 seconds left on the clock.

Apart from his famous play, Wycheck’s 11-season NFL career was marked by significant achievements. He was selected for the Pro Bowls three times, a testament to his skill and popularity in the league. The Titans recognized him as one of the most beloved players in their history.

Amy Adams Strunk, the owner of the Titans, expressed deep sorrow over Wycheck’s passing, praising his significant contributions to the team both on and off the field.

Post-Retirement and Legacy

After retiring in 2003, Wycheck took up a role as a commentator for the Titans but had to step down in 2017 due to ongoing head problems.

These health issues prompted his family to collaborate with experts to investigate brain injuries among American football players. Wycheck had been proactive about this issue, having donated his brain for research in 2008 due to repeated concussions.

Frank Wycheck is survived by two adult daughters and three grandchildren. His death is not just a loss to his family and friends but also to the NFL community, where his legacy as a player and a person will always be cherished.

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