Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas killed in crash

Posted at 9:49 AM, Sep 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-21 10:05:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn — Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas, 36, was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday night near his Nashville home.

“Bironas was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Nashville Police said in a written statement, “when he lost control in a curve shortly after 11 p.m. The SUV traveled off the right side of the road and struck a line of trees before it came to rest upside down in a large culvert area.”

Bironas was later pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police said the crash occurred less than a mile from Bironas’ home. Police said they believed he was driving home when he crashed.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to have played a role in the crash, police said.

Bironas played for the Tennessee Titans for nine seasons. He was released from the team earlier this year.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas,” the Titans said in a statement. “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.”

Rachel Bironas is the daughter of Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw.