Rob Bironas Dies in Car Accident; Former NFL Kicker Was 36

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Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas, a longtime staple of the Tennessee Titans, died Saturday night after a car accident near his home, police confirm.

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Nashville officials say Bironas lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from his home.

Police said the athlete's 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.

Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs.

He was just 36 years old.

The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons. HeĀ  had worked out earlier this week for the Detroit Lions and for Tampa Bay this offseason.

He was married to Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Hall of Fame member Terry Bradshaw, who did not appear on the Fox NFL pregame show to be with his daughter.

The Titans, who played at Cincinnati, issued a statement on Sunday mourning the news:

"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."

Bironas was the fourth most-accurate kicker in history, nailing 85.7 percent of his kicks (239-279). Only David Akers made more field goals (247) between 2005-2013.

Rob ranked third making 75.2 percent of his kicks from 40 yards-plus (94 of 125).

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.

He also set an NFL record in 2011 in hitting a field goal from at least 40 yards in 10 consecutive games, and connected on 11 career game-winners.

R.I.P.

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