The passing of Frank Wycheck, a former Tennessee Titans tight end, has plunged his family into grief. His death has sent shockwaves through the sports world.
Wycheck gained widespread recognition for participating in the Music City Miracle at the end of the 2000 Wild Card game against the Buffalo Bills.
Following the former athlete’s death, his family intends to work with experts in ongoing brain injury and CTE research in accordance with Frank’s wishes.
Frank John Wycheck, aka Frank Wycheck, was born on October 14, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
Attending Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia and the University of Maryland, College Park, Wycheck embarked on a professional football career.
Drafted in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, he faced suspension from the league due to testing positive for anabolic steroids the same season.
After the Redskins released Wycheck in 1995, the Houston Oilers, who eventually became the Tennessee Titans, signed him.
Apart from football, he was a host on various radio shows and programs before resigning in 2017.
Regrettably, the former Titans player passed away on December 9, 2023, after falling at his home and hitting his head.
Frank Wycheck Family: Who Were His Parents And Siblings?
Following his death, Frank leaves behind his wife, children, and grandchildren. He married Cherryn Krol in 1995 and birthed two daughters, Deanna in 1991 and Madison in 1997.
Unfortunately, their marriage ended in a divorce. After over 14 years of marital life, they divorced on June 2, 2009.
Besides, there is no further information regarding his family, and he has maintained a private stance regarding his parent’s identity. Similarly, there is no mention of his siblings.
However, an incredibly close friend to Frank, not less than a blood-related brother, was Zach Piller. Frank and Zach played together for the Titans.
Around Nashville, people often mistook the former Titans tight end with a fellow teammate, Zach, due to their similar physical features.
So much so that Piller, an offensive lineman with a locker adjacent to Wycheck’s, eventually signed the tight end’s name for fans requesting autographs.
Piller was confident that Wycheck wouldn’t mind; their bond was that strong.
After Zach posted the official news of Frank’s death on his social media, fans became extremely concerned about Zach.
Zach has lost the two most important friends in his life within a short period.
Wycheck’s Concern About CTE
In a 2017 interview, Wycheck expressed fear of experiencing a fate similar to other football players who suffered from concussions. He believed that he certainly had CTE.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a brain condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of tau protein resulting from repeated blows to the head and concussions.
Throughout NFL history, numerous players have endured this condition due to repeated head impacts.
In 2017, Frank also exhibited symptoms like memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety, and progressive dementia, forcing him to step down from his role as a host.
Showing deep concern about the potential health complications arising from the physical impacts in football, he made it clear that he wouldn’t permit his son to engage in contact football until the age of 12.
Furthermore, Wycheck expressed a desire to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research on the CTE condition after his death.
As per his wish, his family intends to work with experts for ongoing research on brain injury (TBI) and CTE.