“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. Today we learned that Rob had been drinking, and got behind the wheel. He had an odd pregame routine, which included a visit to the field a certain amount of times before kickoff, seeing a list of very specific people, and kicking for a specific number of minutes. I just want to tell the police there is something wrong with him. In between, two incidents of alleged road rage have left friends and family wondering what happened to the upbeat man they always knew, © 2020 ABG-SI LLC. After watching a movie with his wife and friend, Bironas indicated he was retiring for the evening. That helped him make his only Pro Bowl, the same year he was an Associated Press All-Pro. 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. section: | slug: rob-bironas-wife-reported-him-missing-just-before-fatal-car-crash | sport: football | route: article_single.us | The Tennessean reported Bironas had worked out earlier this week for the Detroit Lions and for Tampa Bay during the offseason. Well before dawn, Martin jumped into his shoes and sprinted down his driveway. Contacted by The MMQB, Fraley said he had received more than 30 media requests and wouldn’t be granting any more interviews until the police investigation into Bironas’ death was closed. Plenty of them. © 2020 EHM PRODUCTIONS,INC. That helped him to make his only Pro Bowl, the same year he was an Associated Press All Pro. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) comments “I lost my best friend and I don’t necessarily know why,” Grenvicz says. Hahn had yet to hear either way from Detroit when Bironas died. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Rob, who was married to Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw 's daughter Rachel Bradshaw, died in a single car accident on Sept. 20, 2014. We’re not trying to save face for him. Conflicting details have emerged about the timeline. 20 Years of Tennessee Titans Football #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/kEplcAYVE3, RELATED: Top 10 Most Accurate NFL Kickers of All Time. She called his cell phone several times, but he didn’t answer. His wife said she had only witnessed him drinking one beer earlier in the evening. He added, "Rob made a mistake and he paid the ultimate price.". He’s being portrayed as some kind of madman and he was the opposite,” former Titans punter Craig Hentrich says of Bironas. (Joe Howell/AP). He played in the Arena Football League and even the AF2 while spending time in training camps with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh working as a part-time security guard and other jobs while trying to stick with an NFL team. The report also revealed he died from blunt force trauma ... and had a small amount of Diazepam (Valium) in his system. Bironas kicked for six more seasons with the Titans, where he finished his career with an 85.7 percent success rate on field goals, which is the fourth-highest percentage in NFL history. Get TMZ breaking news sent right to your browser! I just want to tell the police there is something wrong with him. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nfl | pageType: stories | 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. Waiting for your permission to load the comments. “He was such a free spirit,” says Hentrich, who was teammates with Bironas for five seasons. “He was very anti-drugs, stimulants, that kind of thing,” Larry Bironas said. He enjoyed music and would hang out with local musicians and promote their music. 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. But friends wonder if Ambien could have played a role. Then came 2007. He tried to start a fight with us," the woman said. Walmart’s best early Black Friday deals to shop right now, Save over 15% on this 15-piece cutlery set from Cuisinart, The Container Store takes 25% off storage, furniture and more, 36 luxury gifts for men worth splurging on this Christmas, The best holiday gifts for the foodies in your life this Christmas, Lori Loughlin is a 'wreck' while serving time in California prison. Sadly, all those quirks and years of success came to an abrupt end in a tragic one-car accident just a few years ago. 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). 6-keys: media/spln/nfl/reg/free/stories, at Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was reported missing by his wife less than an hour before he died in a fatal car crash on Saturday night. All Rights Reserved. Giants need a Jeterian attitude, or they will be 0-3, THE BEST INSIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE INSIDERS, Blue Rush: A NY Giants Podcast “He’d drink those things as if he was going to go hit somebody,” former teammate and Titans cornerback Jason McCourty told Sports Illustrated. 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. Only David Akers made more field goals (247) between 2005 and 2013 than Bironas. (Mark Zaleski/AP), Friends say being released bothered Bironas, who was cut 28 points shy of Al Greco’s team scoring record. “That’s why it’s all so frustrating. One of the Titans’ chiropractors, McCourty says, was assigned to occupy Bironas when he wasn’t kicking so he wouldn’t bother everyone else. “If he missed he was like, ‘Oh well, next kick,’ ” Hentrich says. “Ambien’s got such a history. He went to Auburn and transferred to Georgia Southern, where he won a Division I-AA national title. "They said the driver swerved back, gave them a dirty look and got behind them and was behind them at the intersection on Franklin and Battery," Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said. Before the crash, which happened around 11:03 p.m., Rob Bironas may have tried to run a woman off the road. Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings. We appreciate your respect for his mother and me, his siblings, his son, and his wife as we grieve.”. “It almost comes across as a psychotic problem; if there was a problem, of course we’re interested in it. “I’m just saying.”, “He was like that in a lot of areas,” Kern says. Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was reported missing by his wife less than an hour before he died in a fatal car crashon Saturday night. 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 least one of the oil-slicked CDs that Patrick Martin found the morning after the crash featured the music of Rachel Bradshaw. In the call, the woman says that Bironas was trying to run her off the road. None of the 10 friends interviewed by The MMQB suggested that Bironas had an alcohol problem. Remembering former #Titans kicker @RobBironas on his birthday pic.twitter.com/ZK8yyQaepH. Beaming, Bironas returned to the team hotel and breathlessly told Kern, “I just met the woman I’m going to marry.” He and Rachel dated for two years before tying the knot in June. Matt Hasselbeck, the former Titans quarterback and current backup in Indianapolis, immediately thought of alcohol when he heard of Bironas’ death. She thought he went to bed, according to reports, but later searched the house and couldn’t find him. “He’d just do that to mess with me.”. Get the latest odds on all the top sports. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Privacy Notice Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his SUV and crashed less than a mile from his Nashville home. Rob Bironas died less than one mile from his residence after his vehicle went off the road and hit several trees before coming to rest upside down in a drainage culvert. Sitemap The couple met in 2012 on a Saturday night before a Titans home game. Rob Bironas, shown here celebrating his 60-yard game-winning field goal to lift the Titans to a 20-17 victory over the Colts in 2006, died in a single-car crash on Sept. 20 in Nashville. We appreciate the outpouring of support, care and concern showed to us by Rob's friends, the NFL, and the Nashville community. One motorist said Bironas threatened to “kill everybody in the vehicle.” Just minutes later, Bironas was traveling 73 mph on a road with a posted speed limit of 35 mph, when he lost control of the SUV. Martin gave the boy’s mother the NFLPA card from the side of the road so he could have it when he grows up. He was good at that.”, “Rob didn’t do drugs,” Grenvicz says. A post on his verified Twitter account, @RobBironas, stated Sunday morning: “It’s w/ heavy hearts that we confirm the passing RB # 2 We appreciate your respect for the family’s privacy and your prayers at this time.”. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Bironas might’ve been on his way back to the NFL. As the daughter of NFL legend Terry Bradshaw, Rachel Bradshaw seemed to have come full circle with her marriage to Rob Bironas earlier this year. At that point, Rachel called Rob's cell phone several times, but no one answered. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! At some point, Bironas consumed a large amount of alcohol. He used to play with Tennessee Titans as a placekicker and is best known for scoring most field goal (8) in … Rob Bironas’ car accident Rachel Bradshaw’s husband Rob Bironas passed away at around 11 p.m. on Sept. 20, after driving his car off the road and into a drainage basin. The toxicology report also revealed Bironas had a low level of Valium in his system, but its effects were negligible. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home, Metro Nashville Police said. Only David Akers made more field goals (247) between 2005 and 2013 than Bironas. She told police he wasn’t under the influence of any substances, though she’d seen him drink a beer earlier in the evening. His blood alcohol content was later recorded to be .218 percent, considerably higher than the .08 legal limit. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. It’s just weird.”. Before joining the Tennessee Titans in 2005, Rob Bironas did double duty, working as a security guard at Best Buy, while he worked his way up through the Arena Football League, first at AF2, the AFL’s minor league, then in 2004 with the AFL’s New York Dragons. NASHVILLE — Patrick Martin woke up to a torrent of text messages and phone calls at 5:30 a.m. Word had spread that one of his friends was in a single-car accident overnight, perhaps the one Martin, the owner of a barbecue restaurant chain, had glimpsed on his way home from the Music City Food and Wine Festival. “And it’s not just one of those things where a buddy dies and you don’t want to believe that’s what he was. The one-car crash that killed the Titans kicker happened less than 45 minutes later.