The NFL received some tragic news late last night as former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas passed away in a car accident. The news was confirmed on Bironas’ twitter page:
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.
— Rob Bironas (@RobBironas) September 21, 2014
Bironas played nine years with the Titans before being released by the team in March. He had worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season, and earlier this week worked out for the Detroit Lions.
The Titans released a statement sending their condolences to Bironas’ friends and family via ESPN:
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 is the fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 85.7 percent of his kicks. His 75.2 percent mark on kicks 40 yards or longer is good for third best since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
Bironas goes down as the Titans’ second-leading scorer of all-time. He holds franchise records for game winning field goals (11), longest field goal (60), and consecutive seasons scoring in triple digits (11).
He also has the NFL record for field goals in a game (8), and consecutive games with a 40-yard or more field goal (11). He made his only Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams in 2007.