He went to Auburn and transferred to Georgia Southern where he won a Division I-AA national title. According to a police report from the incident, Rachel and Rob had been watching a movie with a friend when Rob decided to go to bed around 10:30 p.m. More on Rob BironasStudents say Bironas threatened them. At that point, Rachel called Rob's cell phone several times, but no one answered. He earned All-Pro, and Pro Bowl honors that season. “I spent an hour cleaning up his stuff,” says Martin, a heavyset goateed man whose eyes watered as he spoke in a cramped office just off his restaurant’s kitchen. He finished as the Titans’ second all-time leading scorer with 1,032 points, and he set a franchise record scoring triple digits in seven straight seasons. This is so out of left field,” says Joe Grenvicz, Bironas’ friend and financial manager, “so out of the universe we all lived in with Rob. In a 911 call placed at 11:40 p.m., a weeping Bradshaw said Bironas went to bed at 9:40. Another ritual included getting pumped up on numerous energy drinks. “It was stuff that made you laugh.”, As rigorous as he was about routine, he enjoyed throwing off the schedules of others. The one-car crash that killed the Titans kicker happened less than 45 minutes later. There appeared to be no telltale symptoms of distress, but reports quickly surfaced that Bironas had threatened other motorists and even tried running a truck full of college kids off the road. Sitemap What happened next shocked his family, teammates, and the sports world. Martin gave the boy’s mother the NFLPA card from the side of the road so he could have it when he grows up. The missing person report says there had been no argument between Bironas and Rachel Bradshaw, an account that rings true to those who knew them. Bironas told friends he had a great audition and expected to get the job. Today we learned that Rob had been drinking, and got behind the wheel. In a statement on the department website, police said his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert. (Mark Humphrey/AP), Rob Bironas was known as a source of comic relief during training camps, each year picking out a day to submerge the clothes of rookies in a cold tub while the team was still out practicing. Reaction poured out on Twitter, with former teammates, friends and fans remembering the kicker. Hahn had yet to hear either way from Detroit when Bironas died. “Everybody is trying to make sense of why he acted the way he acted, because it’s unbelievable,” Martin says. Bironas kicked an NFL single-game record eight field goals in a 2007 victory over the Houston Texans, including a 29-yard game-winner as time expired. NFL kicker Rob Bironas killed in auto accident, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. His talent landed him a job in Arena football in 2003 upon leaving Georgia Southern, and the narrow goal posts in the indoor game allowed him to showcase a pro-ready leg. “If you looked up ADD in the dictionary,” former Titans punter Craig Hentrich says, “his picture was in there.”. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). “Rob’s personality didn’t allow him to be your normal kicker. © 2020 EHM PRODUCTIONS,INC. These were the personal effects of Rob Bironas, the former Tennessee Titans kicker who died, at 36, after crashing late at night on Sept. 20. “He is dangerous, he is drunk or something,” the caller said. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. Plenty of them. But all of a sudden when he cleans up, this tragedy happens.”. "At the stoplight of Franklin and Battery, they said the white SUV was revving its engine behind them.". “He would always welcome new guys in,” says Kern, the Titans’ punter since ’09. At least one of the oil-slicked CDs that Patrick Martin found the morning after the crash featured the music of Rachel Bradshaw. “He would have the team photographer take pictures of different people in the crowd for you. Accuracy was his calling card—he was a career 85.7% field goal kicker, the fourth-highest percentage in NFL history. McCourty said Bironas even had a team chiropractor assigned to him to keep the kicker occupied so he wouldn’t bother other players when he wasn’t kicking.