WYCHECK, FRANK TE # 89 Height: 6-3
Hometown: PHILADELPHIA, PA
PRO: Wycheck, the most prolific tight end in franchise history and one of the most productive in NFL history, returns to play his 11th NFL season and ninth with the Titans.
With 465 receptions in an Oilers/Titans uniform, he ranks first in franchise history in receptions by a tight end and fourth on the team’s all-time list. In 2002, the three-time Pro Bowl selection concluded a franchise-best streak of 99 consecutive games in which he caught at least one pass. He closed out two additional streaks in 2002 – 121 consecutive games played and 111 consecutive starts. His 4,793 receiving yards with the team ranks sixth on the all-time list and first among tight ends.
With 488 career receptions, he now stands on the brink of being mentioned among the league’s all-time greatest tight ends. Upon his 12th reception in 2003, he will become only the fourth tight end in the history of the league to total 500 or more career receptions, joining Shannon Sharpe, Ozzie Newsome and Kellen Winslow. Of the six modern era tight ends elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Wycheck has more receptions than four of them (Newsome – 662, Winslow – 541, Wycheck – 488, Jackie Smith – 480, Mike Ditka – 427, Dave Casper – 378, John Mackey – 331).
Since 1996, only Sharpe (440) has more receptions than Wycheck (425) among the league’s tight ends. Wycheck led the team in receptions in each season from 1996-2000, becoming the franchise’s second player overall (Ken Burrough, 1974-79) and the fourth tight end in league history to lead his team in receptions for five consecutive seasons, joining Newsome (Cleveland, 1981-86), Todd Christensen (Oakland, 1982-86) and Sharpe (Denver, 1992-97). He had more than 50 receptions every season from 1996-2001, becoming the third tight end ever to post six consecutive 50-plus catch seasons (Sharpe, 1992-1998; Ben Coates, 1993-1998).
Wycheck was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (160th overall) of the 1993 draft. He played there for two seasons and totaled 18 games, eight starts, 23 receptions and one touchdown. On August 18, 1995, the Oilers claimed him after he was waived by the Redskins.
TITANS TIDBITS: Since 1999, Wycheck has hosted “The Frank Wycheck Show,” a popular Monday evening radio show on WWTN (99.7 FM).
A devout Nashville Predators season-ticket holder, Wycheck appeared as a guest analyst alongside broadcasters Pete Weber and Terry Crisp for a Predators-Mighty Ducks game during the 2002-03 season.
Every offseason, he organizes the Harley Ride for Special Olympics Tennessee (adelphiaride.com), an event that has brought together a total of more than 3,000 motorcycle riders over the last four years to bike from Franklin, Tenn., to Nashville. It serves as the largest fund-raiser of the year for Special Olympics Tennessee and in 2003 raised over $75,000.
He also serves Special Olympics Tennessee (specialolympicstn.org) by making personal donations to the organization for every catch and touchdown he records, and he was the celebrity spokesperson for the first-ever national Special Olympics Golf Tournament, which hosted 200 handicapped athletes from 26 states.
A six-handicap golfer, he is a five-time participant in the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic and a three-time player in the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.
2002: In 2002, started 15 regular season games and finished third on the squad in receptions, totaling 40 receptions for 346 yards and two touchdowns.
Against Pittsburgh (11/17), saw his streak of consecutive games end at 121 and his streak of consecutive starts end at 111 when he was declared inactive due to a concussion suffered in the first quarter against Houston (11/10).
With nine seconds remaining in regulation at the New York Giants (12/1), scored a nine-yard TD that led to a game-tying two-point conversion. The Titans went on to win in overtime.
Extended his team record to 99 consecutive games with a pass reception against Indianapolis (12/8). The streak would be broken the following week versus New England (12/16).
Had a career game in divisional playoff versus Pittsburgh (1/11), posting career highs with 10 receptions for 123 yards (long of 39) and one touchdown in the team’s 34-31 win. Both his reception and yardage totals were the second best in franchise history in a playoff game. Caught three passes for a total of 53 yards on the team’s third quarter go-ahead drive, including a 39-yard reception and a seven-yard touchdown reception. Was named NFL Offensive Player of the Week.
2001: In 2001, started all 16 games for the sixth consecutive season and was named second-team All-Pro by Associated Press for a second consecutive year. Ranked third in the NFL in receptions (60) among tight ends, ranking among the top three receiving tight ends for the fourth consecutive season. With at least two receptions in every game, he ranked second on the team in receptions (60) and third in receiving yards (672) and touchdown receptions (4). Along with Erron Kinney, the duo tied for third in the NFL in combined receptions (85) for tight end pairs.
Set a then-career high with a 100-yard receiving game at Detroit (10/21), including a six-yard touchdown. He also completed a 21-yard pass to Derrick Mason during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive.
2000: In 2000, tied his 1998 career-high total of 70 receptions, leading the team for the fifth consecutive season. Ranked second in receiving yards (636) and touchdowns (4). Reception total ranked third among AFC and NFL tight ends, the third time in as many years he ranked in the league’s top three (1st, 1998; 2nd, 1999). Earned his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl and was named second-team All-Pro by AP. Led or tied for the team lead in receptions in seven games.
Threw his second career touchdown pass in the second quarter against Kansas City (9/10), a 30-yard strike to WR Kevin Dyson.
Suffered a mild concussion at Pittsburgh (9/24) but returned the following week against the New York Giants (10/1) to tie his career high with two touchdowns.
1999: In 1999, led club in receptions for the fourth consecutive season with 69 catches for 641 yards and two touchdowns. His reception total ranked second among NFL tight ends (Gonzalez, 76) and ninth overall in the AFC, earning him his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Led the team in receptions in five games.
Had nine-reception games to lead the team against both Cleveland (9/19) and Jacksonville (12/26).
Established a then-career high with 87 receiving yards and matched his career high in receptions with 10 at Baltimore (12/5).
Threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to WR Isaac Byrd on a tight end pass play against Atlanta (12/19).
Recorded career-high two touchdown receptions at Pittsburgh (1/2).
Tied for the team lead with 14 receptions for 92 yards in four 1999 playoff games.
Involved in the “Home Run Throwback” versus Buffalo (1/8), one of the most famous plays in NFL playoff history. With the Bills kicking off after taking a 16-15 lead with 16 seconds remaining, Wycheck received a hand-off from Lorenzo Neal and lateraled the ball to WR Kevin Dyson, who returned it 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Wycheck was named NFL Special Teams Player of the Week for his part in the play, which is commonly known as the “Music City Miracle.” He also collected five receptions in the game.
Recorded five receptions in Super Bowl XXXIV against St. Louis (1/30).
1998: In 1998, led the club in receptions with single-season career-highs in receptions (70) and yards (768). His receiving total led the league among tight ends and ranked ninth overall in the AFC. Earned several honors, including Dr. Z’s All-Pro Team, USA Today’s All-Joe Team and his first Pro Bowl appearance. Led the team in receptions in six games, and 37 of his catches resulted in first downs.
Set a then-career high with 84 receiving yards on four receptions versus Cincinnati (10/18).
Set up Al Del Greco’s game-winning field goal versus Pittsburgh (11/15) with a 30-yard reception on Tennessee’s final possession.
Registered a career high 10 receptions for 71 yards at Green Bay (12/20).
1997: In 1997, set a franchise single-season mark for a tight end with 748 receiving yards, which led the team for the first time in his career. Led the team for a second straight year with 63 receptions, finishing fourth in the NFL in receptions among TEs.
Set a then-career high for receptions in game with nine grabs for 72 yards, including 10-yard TD catch, and added the first two-point conversion of his career at the Steelers (9/28).
Had a career-long reception of 42 yards and added a 22-yard TD (from WR Willie Davis on flea-flicker) at Jacksonville (11/16).
1996: In 1996, led the Oilers with 53 catches, totaling 511 yards. Set a career best with six TDs, tying WR Willie Davis for the team lead. He made starts at tight end, H-back and fullback.
1995: In 1995, claimed by Oilers off waivers from Washington on Aug. 18. Started 10 games, seeing time at TE, H-Back and FB and finishing third on the team in receiving.
Scored the first rushing TD of his career at Chicago (10/22) on a one-yard dive from the fullback position.
1994: In 1994, moved to fullback for the Redskins, playing in nine games with one start. Made his lone start at FB versus Dallas (10/2) and pulled in Heath Shuler’s first NFL TD pass (8 yards).
1993: In 1993, saw action in nine games with seven starts as rookie TE for Washington. Was held out of the lineup until Week 7 due to a concussion suffered in the preseason finale. In his NFL debut on Monday Night Football against the Bills (11/1), made first career start and caught one pass for 11 yards.
COLLEGE: Upon leaving, was Maryland’s all-time leading receiver with 134 receptions for 1,195 yards.
Forfeited his final year of eligibility to enter NFL draft after the tight end position was phased out of Maryland’s "Run ’N Shoot" offense.
As a redshirt freshman, set a school season record and led the ACC with 58 receptions for 509 yards.
Set a Terps single-game record with 14 receptions against Virginia Tech in his first college game.
Redshirted in 1989.
Majored in criminal justice.
PERSONAL: Married to Cherryn (2/18/95), couple resides in Franklin, Tenn., with daughters Deanna (7/17/91) and Madison (1/29/97).
Two-time All-Catholic and first-team All-City for the Raiders of Archbishop Ryan High in Philadelphia, Pa. He was named All-Scholastic over his last two years and, as a senior captain, helped lead the team to the Catholic League title.
Also lettered in basketball and baseball in high school.
Served as a Super Bowl XXXVI analyst for ESPN Radio.
Participated in Titans Charity Golf Classic and Titans Inside the Huddle.
Wife, Cherryn, has served as co-chair for numerous charity functions.
Born Frank Wycheck, Oct. 14, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pa.