John Frank
No. 86
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1962-04-17) April 17, 1962 (age 61)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Mt. Lebanon (Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania)
College:Ohio State
NFL draft:1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

John E. Frank (born April 17, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1984 to 1988. He played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Frank was selected by the 49ers in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, and won two Super Bowls with the team. After his football career, he became a hair restoration surgeon.

Early life

Frank was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Barbara and Alan Frank. He graduated from Mt Lebanon High School in 1980. During high school, he volunteered in the surgical laboratory of Dr Thomas Starzl, the "Father of Modern Transplantation", part of a team that performed the world's first liver transplant.

College career

While at Ohio State, John Frank was the starting tight end from 1981 to 83 and caught more passes than any other tight end in the history of the school. He was honored as a two-time Academic All-American, became the team's most valuable player, and was selected as a member of the All Century Ohio State Football Team and Ohio State's Varsity Hall of Fame.[1]

As an undergraduate, he co-authored several research papers investigating the best treatments for pediatric croup and the work was published in the Laryngoscope.[2]

While finishing at Ohio State, he was invited to attend the Combine in Indianapolis in 1984, but declined in order to continue studying for his final exams. He was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft by the San Francisco Forty Niners and in June 1984 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Ohio State.

College statistics

Medical school

Frank had already been accepted into several medical schools, but decided to enroll at Ohio State University College of Medicine because they had an independent study program which allowed flexibility to continue playing in the NFL while completing the first year of medical school. They also offered a deferred enrollment into medical school, but Frank chose to attend medical school during the NFL off-seasons.

During medical school, he continued researching diseases of the head and neck and microvascular surgery and the Gait Analysis laboratory.

Professional football career

Frank was selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.[4] During his first season, he played as a reserve tight end behind Russ Francis, and as a specialist, while the team went 18–1 as they defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX. He injured his left elbow during the NFC Championship victory over the Chicago Bears, and therefore saw limited time in Super Bowl XIX.

During his five-year career, he caught 65 passes for 662 yards and became the starting tight end during his fourth and fifth seasons.[5] In Super Bowl XXIII he caught two passes, including a key pass thrown by Joe Montana during the winning touchdown drive.[6]

Following the game and during what was considered to be the height of his professional football career, he announced his retirement to devote himself full-time to medical school. The vacated tight end position was filled by future All-Pro tight end Brent Jones in 1989. The Forty Niners also drafted Wesley Walls in the second round of the 1989 draft.

After the NFL

After retiring from football, Frank earned his M.D. from Ohio State in 1992. He is an otolaryngologist, board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board Of Hair Restoration Surgery. He became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolarygology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and The Ohio State University College of Medicine-adjunct. He has performed over 2,500 hair transplant procedures in New York, California and Ohio. In 2006 he opened Anapelli Hair Clinic in New York City, which has since been renamed to John Frank MD Hair Clinics, and expanded the practice to Columbus Ohio in 2014.[7][8] At both offices, Frank specializes in non-surgical hair restoration and surgical hair transplantation, as well as biocapillation.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "The Top 50 Ohio State Football Players in Buckeye History". May 10, 2010.
  2. ^ Schuller, David E.; Goodman, Joseph H.; Brown, Berna L.; Frank, John E.; Ervin-Miller, Kevin J. (February 1992). "How I do it: Head and neck and plastic surgery: Maxillary removal and reinsertion for improved access to anterior cranial base tumors". The Laryngoscope. 102 (2): 203–212. doi:10.1288/00005537-199202000-00017. PMID 1738294. S2CID 30219668.
  3. ^ "John Frank Stats | College Football at". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  5. ^ "NFL Players John Frank".
  6. ^ "The 1989 Super Bowl XXIII & One of the Longest Drives in NFL History".
  7. ^ "John Frank MD Hair Clinics, New York City". Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  8. ^ "John Frank MD Hair Clinics, Columbus OH". Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  9. ^ "John Frank MD Hair Clinics". Retrieved April 20, 2023.