Archbishop Ryan’s Frank Wycheck Will Always Be Remembered for One Play in NFL History.

It was a typical practice for the 1999 Tennessee Titans when the coaching staff made an interesting discovery of Philadelphia’s Archbishop Ryan’s tight end/fullback Frank Wycheck.

He could pass

Wycheck had arrived at the Houston Oilers in 1999 after being released by Washington in 1995 when they failed to convert him from tight end to fullback. Wycheck had been drafted in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. Now the Oilers were the Tennessee Titans.

He played his high school football right here in the Philadelphia area at Archbishop Ryan High School.

In January of 2000, the Tennessee Titans were in the AFC Playoff Wildcard Round against the Buffalo Bills, who had opted to start quarterback Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie. A late Buffalo field goal with sixteen seconds left all but guaranteed a Bills victory and next round playoff game.

The Buffalo Bills kicked the ball deep.

Wycheck took the ball and immediately lateraled to Kevin Dyson who ran the ball sixty-five yards up the field to score a touchdown with three seconds remaining in the 22–16 Houston victory.

When Wycheck retired in 2003, he held Second-team All-Pro (2000), 3× Pro Bowl (19982000), Titans/Oilers Ring of Honor.

In 2007, Frank Wychek became a professional wrestler. Thanks to a Cradle pile driver, he won two matches.

On December 9, 2023, Wycheck died at age 52 after falling and hitting his head at his home in Chattanooga.

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