Former NFL Kicker Bironas Killed After Losing Control of SUV

Sep 22, 2014 03:20 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Former Tennessee Titans' kicker Rob Bironas was killed in a single-vehicle car crash in Nashville on Sunday.

Bironas, 36, lost control of his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali on Saturday night, crashing after 11 p.m., less than a mile from his home, Metro Nashville Police said according to the Associated Press.

His vehicle veered off the right side of the road, hit a line of trees, and stopped upside down in a large culvert. Bironas was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found, police said.

Bironas played nine years for the Titans in the National Football League before he was released by the team in March. Bironas worked out for the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the offseason, according to The Tennessean.

The accurate kicker converted 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts during his career. He holds the NFL record for number of field goals kicked in one game, with eight in a 2007 game against the Houston Texans.

Back in June, Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of NFL Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Terry Bradshaw, according to NFL.com.

Bradshaw did not appear on the "Fox NFL Sunday" pregame show so that he could be with his daughter.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas," the Titans said in a statement. "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."

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said that Bironas was a favorite of the fans during his time with the Titans.

"I got to know Rob through the many community events he supported in our city," Dean said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. "He was down to earth, and it was clear he loved Nashville. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family."

Only David Akers made more field goals (247) between 2005 and 2013 than Bironas. For kickers with 100 or more field goals since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, Bironas ranked third making 75.2 percent of his kicks from 40 yards or longer (94 of 125), according to NFL.com.

Bironas, who made a name for himself in the Arena Football League, finished as the Titans' second leading career scorer with 1,032 points, and set a franchise record scoring triple digits in seven straight seasons.

He also set an NFL record back in 2011 after hitting a field goal from at least 40 yards in 10 consecutive games.

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