Former Auburn University football player and former kicker for the Tennessee Titans, Rob Bironas, tragically died in a single-car crash late Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee. Bironas, 36, was the son-in-law of NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, who was the quarterback of the Steelers.
According to a statement on the Nashville Metro Police Department website, police report that the 2009 GMC Yukon Denali Bironas was driving was speeding when the accident occurred. Bironas lost control of his vehicle and the SUV went off the road in the 800 block of Battery Lane, hitting several trees before it flipped over and ended upside down in a culvert. He appeared to have been heading for home, whcih was just a mile aay from where the accident occurred.
The former NFL kicker was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center but it was too late to save his life. Doctors there pronounced him dead on arrival. A spokesman for the Metro Police stated that there was no preliminary indication that alcohol or drugs played any part in the accident.
Bironas leaves behind his wife, Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Terry Bradshaw. They had just gotten married in June.
In a statement released by the Tennessee Titans, the team announced it was “saddened” to learn about the tragic car crash that claimed the life of Rob Bironas. The statement added that “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family.” Bironas played for the Titans for nine seasons before the team released him in March 2014.
Rob Bironas ended his Nine years with a record any kicker would have been proud of, making 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts, 239 out of 279 of them. He ended his career having scored 1,032 points. That puts Bironas just 20 points behind the great kicker, Al Del Greco, the person in the history of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans who scored the most points ever for the franchise. Bironas ended up the fourth kicker, in terms of accuracy, in NFL history.
Of the field goals Bironas kicked, he made 11 game-winning ones. One of those was a 60-yard-long field goal in 2006 against the Indianapolis Colts. That field goal is still the longest one ever in the history of the Oilers/Titans organization. Bironas scored triple digits in a franchise record seven seasons with the Titans. Also, he set the NFL record for having at least one field goal of 40 yards or greater in 10 consecutive games.
Rob Bironas was also active in the Nashville community, supporting various charities and began the Rob Bironas Fund in 2008. The Rob Bironas Fund raised money and donated to charities whose main goals were supporting children.
Bironas attended Auburn, but then he transferred to Georgia Southern. There, the kicker helped take his team to victory and win a Division I-AA national title.
Terry Bradshaw did not appear to co-host the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show. Instead, he flew to Nashville to be with his daughter during this sad time as she mourns the passing of her husband, Rob Bironas..
One of the main goals in the life of Rob Bironas was to make it to the NFL. He had many odd jobs including working as a security guard and played in the Arena Football League before he finally got the chance to play in the NFL and became one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history. He made the roster of the Tennessee Titans in 2005.
In a tweet, singer Carrie Underwood called Bironas “such a nice guy,” and said that she was “Sending prayers and love to his family.”
Jason McCourty, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, wrote on his shared Twitter account with his brother, Devin (New England Patriots): “Rest in peace to my former teammate Rob Bironas.”
Rob Bironas was not ready to say goodbye to his career in the NFL. According to a report in the Tennesseean, Bironas had reportedly worked out with Tampa Bay during the offseason and also worked out earlier this past week with the Detroit Lions.
Former Tennessee Titans kicker of nine seasons, Rob Bironas, died after being involved in a single-vehicle car crash late Saturday night. Bironas, one of the most accurate kickers ever in NFL history, was also well loved in the Nashville community. He was the son-in-law of NFL HOF quarterback, Terry Bradshaw. The thoughts and prayers of the Guardian Liberty Voice goes out to the families of Rob Bironas and the Bradshaws at this time.
Written By Douglas Cobb