All-Time Greatest – No. 46: John Frank counts down the days until Ohio State's 2008 season opener with its list of the 50 greatest Buckeyes of all-time. The series continues today with No. 46: tight end John Frank

John Frank could have followed just about any career path and become a success. In fact, he has. A successful physician and world-class bobsledder, Ohio State football fans will always remember him as one of the finest tight ends the school has ever produced.

Born April 17, 1962, in suburban Pittsburgh, Frank earned all-state honors at Mount Lebanon (Pa.) High School in 1979 after catching passes for 804 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior.

Starting his OSU career the following season as the fourth-string tight end, Frank worked his way up the depth chart to become the backup to starter Brad Dwelle. By the time he was a junior, Frank was a starter and team leader.

He earned All-Big Ten honors in his junior and senior seasons, and was named co-captain, team most valuable player and most inspirational player during his senior year in 1983.

Frank finished his college career as the second all-time leading receiver in Buckeye history (and first among tight ends), with 121 catches for 1,481 yards. His 45 receptions in both '81 and '83 still stand as single-season highs for OSU tight ends.

In the classroom, Frank was a two-time Academic All-American, was recognized as one of the top five athletic scholars in the United States, and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee following his senior season. Set to pursue a medical career, he put that on hold for five years to play in the NFL.

Frank was a second-round draft choice of San Francisco in the 1984 draft and made an immediate impact with the 49ers. He scored his first professional touchdown on his first career reception, a Monday night game against the New York Giants. The Niners went on to win the Super Bowl that season as Frank saw action in 15 games, grabbing seven catches for 60 yards.

He ultimately played five seasons in the NFL with San Francisco, playing in a total of 66 games and catching 65 passes for 662 yards and 10 TDs. He retired following the 1988 season, heading back to Ohio State to pursue his medical degree. He earned his M.D. from OSU in June 1992 and then spent six years in residency at Loyola University in Chicago.

After a year and a half spent traveling through Europe – with some volunteer and professorial work mixed in – Frank returned to Loyola for additional training in his field of cosmetic and facial plastic surgery.

In 2000, he was back in San Francisco with a practice of his own and is currently in New York, a board-certified otolaryngologist who specializes in facial plastic surgery and hair loss.

Despite walking away from a professional athletic career in its prime, Frank continues to be honored for his excellence on the playing field. He received induction into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998, and was enshrined in the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

And he continues to stoke his competitive fire as a member of the Israeli bobsled team, a squad he co-founded in 2002.

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