UPDATE 09/23/2014: Details from the events leading up to the fatal crash involving Rob Bironas, and things are more confusing than ever.
Rob Bironas’ wife Rachel Bradshaw has told police that he said goodnight to her around 10:30 p.m. but was missing when she later went to check on him. Having no idea where her husband was, she called police to report him missing.
Multiple witnesses have come forward now saying that Bironas was driving recklessly that night, and made more than one attempt to run other vehicles off the road. The Tennessean provides the following account:
Connor Fraley said he was a passenger in a vehicle driving behind Bironas’ white SUV on Battery Lane when he and others in the truck noticed a burning smell coming from Bironas’ vehicle.
“His window was down, and we pulled up and I said, “Hey man, just a heads up, something’s burning from your exhaust. Your exhaust smells horrible, just wanted to let you know,” Fraley recalled telling Bironas. “He looked over at me and said “I’m going to kill everybody in your (expletive) vehicle. It was so random, so bizarre I was like, “What?” And he said the exact same thing again.”
The report continues that Fraley attempted to get away from Bironas, who sped after them, and attempted to sideswipe them near an overpass, missing “by a foot.”
Another woman told police that Bironas tried to run her vehicle being driven by her husband off the road. After another near miss them, the couple later came upon the crash site, with Bironas’ truck upside down.
There has been no indication of drugs or alcohol involved. Rachel Bradshaw told police there was no argument leading up to the bizarre series of events.
We’ll keep an eye on this one as it develops.
UPDATE 09/21/2014: Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas was tragically killed in a single car accident on September 20, 2014. It does not appear that Rob Bironas’ wife Rachel Bradshaw was in the vehicle at the time.
Police have confirmed that Bironas was driving in Nashville when he lost control of his SUV around 11 pm. The vehicle crashed into several trees before flipping and landing upside down. Bironas was pronounced dead after being transported to nearby Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Bironas’ twitter revealed the passing by saying:
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.”
Condolences to Rob Bironas’ wife Rachel Bradshaw and the entire family.
UPDATE 07/01/2014: Congratulations to Rob Bironas’ wife Rachel Bironas, who wed the former NFL kicker on June 28th in Nashville. We can only imagine that Rachel Bradshaw’s father Terry Bradshaw was beaming as his daughter took the plunge with a professional football player.
Even though the NFL kicker was cut from the Titans this year, Rob Bironas’ girlfriend Rachel Bradshaw still wants to walk down the aisle with him. And her father is ok with it too.
The Dallas-area native is used to football players. That’s because her father, Terry Bradshaw, is a football Hall of Famer and a household name. But Rachel Bradshaw didn’t grow up wanting to be a football player, she wanted to be a singer. So in 2006, just out of high school, Rachel Bradshaw moved from the comfort of her Texas home to Nashville. In the Music City, she attended Belmont University where she began taking music seriously. And now this year, she’s doing her first major tour and releasing her debut album. The 25-year-old Rachel Bradshaw only learned last December that she was picked to join Josh Turner’s tour as his opening act starting in January.
Next on her to-do list is the wedding planned for June 28th. Rob Bironas went the traditional route and asked Terry Bradshaw for his blessing. Apparently the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback legend who earned four gold rings in the 1970s went easy on Rob Bironas.
“The truth is,” Rob Bironas told tmz.com, “I knew I was going to marry Rachel when I first met her. It was a waiting game. I bought her ring six months earlier and had it sitting in a safe and I couldn’t wait to put it on her finger.”
But if you think Rachel Bradshaw ever thought she’d marry a football player, you’re wrong. She told vindy.com that she used to think she would rather die than marry an athlete. But then she met Rob Bironas. And to make the story even sweeter, Rob Bironas and Rachel Bradshaw’s father, get along real swell.