News just recently broke about Rob Bironas passing away due to getting in a car crash Saturday night in Nashville.
According to Metro Nashville Police, Bironas, 36, lost control of his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali after speeding, before his SUV went off a road and hit several trees before landing upside down. The crash occurred after 11 p.m., less than a mile from his home.
Bironas was then taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead immediately upon arrival. No drugs or alcohol were found at the scene of the accident.
Bironas was best remembered for being the starting kicker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League from 2005 to 2013. Prior to that, he was a kicker for the Arena Football League’s Carolina Cobras and then the New York Dragons, where, despite playing just one season, he had managed to be one of the league’s top kickers.
Bironas played his college career mostly at Auburn, becoming a Lou Groza Award semifinalist in 1998, before transferring to Georgia Southern in 2000, where he was part of the team’s NCAA Division I-AA National Championship season.
During his time with the Tennessee Titans, Bironas connected on 239 of his 279 field goal attempts, an 85.7 percent success rate, good for fourth best in NFL history. Of his 279 attempts, 125 of them exceeded 40 yards. He connected on over 75 percent of them, the third highest percentage in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
Bironas finished his career as the Titans’ second all-time leading scorer with 1,032 points. For seven straight seasons, he scored over 100 points, a team record. In 2011, he set a league record by making a 40 yard or longer field goal in ten straight games.
Over the course of his career, Bironas made a franchise-record 11 game-winning field goals, the two most notable being a team record 60-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, and a 29-yarder in 2007 against the Houston Texans, a game in which he kicked an NFL record eight field goals. As a result of that epic performance, he garnered his lone Pro Bowl and AP All Pro selection.
Bironas was cut by the Titans this past offseason after contractual issues. He had tried out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers soon thereafter, and had just worked out for the Detroit Lions a few days ago.
If the proximity to his home at the time of the accident, as well as other details weren’t tragic enough, Bironas had just married Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, this past June. Unfortunately, Bironas didn’t get much time to establish his life after his NFL career was temporarily, and now permanently, put on hold.
In a statement made by his former team, the Tennessee Titans said, “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas. Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family during this very difficult time.”
RIP Rob Bironas
(January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014)