The 36-year-old lost control of his sports utility vehicle while driving on Battery Lane and hit several trees before landing upside down in a drainage ditch, according to police. Bironas was pronounced dead on arrival at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Out of football this season but still trying to find a spot on an NFL roster, Bironas played for the Tennessee Titans from 2005-2013. He made 85.7 percent of his 279 field goal attempts as a pro player and 315-317 PAT kicks.
The Titans issued a statement on Sunday stating, “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.”
Bironas, who was married in June to the daughter of former NFL quarterback star Terry Bradshaw, worked out for the Green Bay Packers last week and with the Tampa Bay Bucs in preseason.
His 1,032 points are the second most in the history of the franchise behind the record of former Auburn kicker Al Del Greco, who scored 1,060.
Bironas holds the record for the most game-winning field goals (11) in the team’s history as well as the longest field goal, a 60-yarder vs. the Colts in 2006.
Playing for Auburn in 1998, Bironas made 12-16 field goals and 18-18 PAT kicks, but lost the starting job to Damon Duval the following season. Duval later became an All-CFL player kicking in Montreal. Bironas transferred to Georgia Southern where he finished his college playing days on a national champion I-AA team. He transferred back to Auburn where he earned his degree.
Prior to playing in the NFL, Bironas played for three arena football teams before breaking into the NFL as a free agent with the Titans.