Rob Bironas' wife reported him missing just before fatal car crash
September 22, 2014 10:16 PM ET
Rob Bironas was reported to be missing before he died on Sept. 20. (USATSI)
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.
Rachel Bironas called police on Saturday because she didn't know where her husband was. 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.
A few minutes after Rob went to bed, Rachel went to look for him, but was unable to locate him. At that point, Rachel called Rob's cell phone several times, but no one answered. Rachel also called several relatives and asked if they knew where Rob was.
Rachel, the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, told police that Rob may have had one beer over the course of the night. However, Rachel had no explanation for why Rob might have left, she also told police that she didn't get into a fight with Rob. The two Bironas' had been married since June.
As noted, Rachel last saw Rob at 10:30 p.m. The one-car crash that killed the Titans kicker happened less than 45 minutes later.
Before the crash, which happened around 11:03 p.m. Rob Bironas may have tried to run a woman off the road. A woman made a 911 call just minutes before the crash. In the call, the woman says that Bironas was trying to run her off the road.
let him go on past us because he was trying to run us off the road and we don't know who he is,'' the woman told the 911 operator, via the Tennessean . ". We just pulled out of his way, and we saw all this smoke and pulled over."
The woman also added that Rob Bironas tried to 'start a fight' with her and her husband.
"He is dangerous, he is drunk or something. He tried to start a fight with us," the woman said. "My husband ran down there to see what is going on. I just want to tell the police there is something wrong with him. He is dangerous, he is drunk or he is on drugs. He gave us a mean look. We don't even know him, and he tried to run us off the road."
The couple returned to the scene of the crash on Sunday to explain what happened to authorities.
"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. "At the stoplight of Franklin and Battery, they said the white SUV was revving its engine behind them."
The husband eventually got out of the car and Bironas reacted by speeding away, according to the couple.
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. Bironas was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.