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What happened to Frank Wycheck? Health issues that ended broadcaster's career

Joshua Rogers July 25, 2022
What happened to Frank Wycheck? Health issues that ended broadcaster's career
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We take a look at what happened to Frank Wycheck and what he is doing now, in 2022, after leaving 104.5’s “The Wake Up Zone.”

Frank Wycheck is a former tight end who played eleven seasons in the NFL for the Washington Commanders and the Tennessee Titans. During his career, Frank was selected to three Pro Bowls and made Second Team All-Pro in 2000.

His most famous moment in the NFL came during the AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills in 2000. With 16 seconds to go, Wycheck threw a pass to Kevin Dyson for a winning touchdown in a play Ddubbed “Music City Miracle”.

After calling time on his career, Wycheck spent time as professional wrestler as well as a broadcaster and commentator.

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104.5 “The Wake Up Zone” co-host Mark Howard recently died

Recently, it was announced that Mark Howard, who co-hosted The Wake Up Zone on radio station WGFX 104.5 had passed away. According to NewsChannel5, he was “found unresponsive at his home on Sunday morning.”

Frank Wycheck co-hosted the morning drive-time show alongside Howard and Kevin Ingram from 2004 to 2017. Wycheck was also the color commentator on the Tennessee Titans Radio Network from 2005 to 2016.

What happened to Frank Wycheck? Health issues and more

After the sad news of Howard’s passing, fans wanted to know what happened to Frank Wycheck.

Prior to the 2017 Titans preseason, it was announced that Wycheck would step down from being color commentator. In 2017 he left “The Wake Up Zone” on 104.5.

One of the reasons why Wycheck stepped away from his broadcasting duties was because he believed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). ESPN reported at that he had missed several days of work because of his symptoms.

How CTE affected his life

CTE is a progressive brain condition that’s thought to be caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated episodes of concussion. It often affects players in the NFL.

In 2017, Frank told Stacy Case of Fox 17 Nashville that he believes he has (CTE) due to a lifetime of playing football.

“I’m sure,” he said. “I’m sure the punishment I took and the concussions, the dings, for sure. You can’t test for CTE unless you’re dead.” 

He added: “From five until I was done at 33, and I added it up to 297 thousand collisions. I was a linebacker and I was a running back, so I was hitting with my head every single time.”

Following the conclusion of his career, Wycheck stated he was exhibiting many of the symptoms of CTE.

“Migraine headaches, just being depressed, just not wanting to socialize, sensitivity to light,” he told Case. “I go into a room and forget why I went there. You asked me and I’m just being honest.”

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Do we know what Frank Wycheck is doing now, in 2022?

The former Titan has two children Deanna (born 1991) and Madison (born 1997) with ex-wife Cherryn Krol. The older of his two daughters reportedly got married in 2019. Paul Kuharsky wrote that Frank ‘thoroughly enjoyed being the father of the bride.’

Kuharsky added in 2019: ‘Occasionally, I’ll send him a text to check-in, and he’ll get back to me saying he’s doing well.’

Frank has remained on social media although he rarely tweets. In 2021, Frank made headlines after disagreeing with ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the “Music City Miracle” play should never have happened.

“I’m reporting that you couldn’t be more wrong. I know because I threw it,” Wycheck tweeted.

As of 2022, Frank Wycheck is ‘starting the next phase of my life. Concentrating on community work in Nashville,’ per his Twitter bio.

It appears Frank has taken a step away from the limelight after his recent health issues to focus on family and other personal matters.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.