Former NFL tight end and Archbishop Ryan star Frank Wycheck believes he's suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from his time playing football.
Wycheck, 45, speaking to WZTV Fox17 in Nashville, said he's sure he has CTE.
“Migraine headaches, just being depressed, just not wanting to socialize, sensitivity to light," the Philly native said. "I go into a room and forget why I went there. You asked me and I'm just being honest."
CTE, which is linked to head trauma, has been found in several former NFL players, including Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012.
“Junior Seau, what caused him one day to put a shotgun to his chest and pull the trigger?" Wycheck said. "As former players, you're like, ‘When is that going to happen to me?’ Is there a special pill I can take? Do I eat carrots? What do I do to prevent perhaps what is inevitable? That's a stress that is on your mind daily."
After starring at Archbishop Ryan, Wycheck went to Maryland and was a sixth-round pick in 1993. He played a couple seasons in Washington before spending the bulk of his career, and making three Pro Bowls, with the Titans franchise.
Wycheck estimates that he was involved in football collisions 297,000 times and thinks he's had 25 concussions.