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Opinion/Editorial: RIP To One Of My Favorite Kickers, Rob Bironas


 

(December 7, 2013 - Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America)
(December 7, 2013 – Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America)

 

Rob Bironas was a guy I thought I’d think about in 15 years years and say, “Man, was he a kicker!” I figured that I’d look him up, see how his life turned out. Maybe he married a gorgeous girl and had adorable children.

Maybe he became a lawyer or a charity advocate or sold real estate after the NFL.

When I woke up this morning, I found out that would not become the case. Because former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died Saturday night in a tragic car accident. The 36-year-old lost control of his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali on a curve, went off the road, and crashed into a group of trees landing upside down in a culvert.

Bironas was less than a mile from his home when the accident occurred. Rachel, his wife since June, was not involved in the accident and police state that a chaplain was with her after the crash.

Rachel is the daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who will not be on FOX’s broadcast today to tend to his family.

Police state they have found no evidence of alcohol or any kind of substance abuse in the accident. The investigation is still underway, so another report will surface when it’s concluded.

Bironas was prolific at kicking. He is the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history making an incredible 85.7% of his field goals (239 out of 279) and missed only two extra points in his career (both in his rookie year).

He scored 1,032 points over a nine-year career.

Bironas holds the Titans franchise record for game-winning field goals with 11. One of which was a 60-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, an incredible moment.

But the all-time Rob Bironas game was one with a game winning 29-yard kick against the Houston Texans in 2007. What made the 29-yarder special was it Bironas’s eighth field goal made that day, an NFL record.

He had made seven other kicks from distances of 21, 25, 28, 29, 30, 43 and 52 yards that day in a 38-36 victory where he accounted for 26 of the team’s points.

Bironas was voted to the Pro Bowl and named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press that year, largely due to that game.

Bironas said in 2006, “To play in the NFL was the ultimate goal.”

And play he did. He will be indeed be missed.

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Robert D. Cobb
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