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Tennessee Titans great and key part of ‘Music City Miracle,’ Frank Wycheck, shockingly dies at 52

Tennesse Titans legend Frank Wycheck tragically passed away on Sunday at 52 after hitting his head during a fall in his Chatanooga, TN home.

On Sunday morning, the family of Frank Wycheck released a statement on the sad loss of one of the greatest receivers in Tennessee Titans history over the weekend.

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“At this time, it appears Frank Wycheck fell inside his Chattanooga, TN home and hit his head on Saturday morning. He was found unresponsive that afternoon. Wycheck moved to Chattanooga, TN this past summer to be closer to his family. He leaves behind two adult daughters, Deanna and Madison, both married, and three grandchildren — Leo, Stevie and August.” 

– Wycheck family statement (Via PaulKuharsky.com)

Frank Wycheck finished third all-time in receptions for Tennessee Titans

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The Philadelphia native was drafted by the then-Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. However, his stay in DC only lasted two seasons before eventually joining the Houston Oilers in 1995. Over his nine seasons in Houston and then Tennessee, Wycheck became a fan favorite and ended up finishing in the top 10 all-time for the Titans in receiving yards (seventh), touchdowns (tenth), and receptions (third).

However, while he was a three-time Pro Bowler for the franchise (1998, 1999, and 2000) he is most remembered for being one half of the legendary “Music City Miracle” during the Wild Card Round of the 1999 AFC playoffs.

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After the Buffalo Bills took a 16-15 lead with just 16 seconds left in their game, the Titans were able to pull off one of the most shocking plays in NFL history when Wycheck was able to pull off a controversial backward pass to Kevin Dyson during a kick return. Dyson was able to take the pass 75 yards for what would be a game-winning touchdown.

The stunning victory catapulted the Tennesse Titans to their one trip to the Super Bowl where their miracle run ended to the St. Louis Rams.

Wycheck eventually worked for the Titans radio broadcast team for a time and once had a successful talk radio show in Nashville.

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