Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw hugs a friend as he
arrives for visitation for former Titans kicker Rob Bironas
on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Bironas
died Saturday night after a car accident near his Nashville
home, according to police. Shaw announced earlier this year
he has ALS.
— A former teammate is having a difficult time comprehending
everything being said about what happened the night of ex-Titans
kicker Rob Bironas' fatal car accident.
Punter Brett Kern
said Wednesday that descriptions of Bironas chasing people and
trying to run them off the road before losing control of his SUV
last Saturday are stunning because he never saw anything that
would indicate the man he called a big brother could behave that
just kind of hard to take because it's not him at all, so it's
tough to hear everything coming out," Kern said.
A missing person
report filed by his new bride Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Pro
Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, and disturbing
911 calls have raised questions about the circumstances around
Bironas' one-vehicle accident.
toxicology tests were performed, but results may not be known for
up to 90 days. Bironas' funeral is scheduled for Thursday; Kern,
quarterback Jake Locker were among former teammates attending a
visitation Wednesday afternoon.
Kern didn't see
any signs that his former teammate was having any issues.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Marc Mariani embraces a
friend as he arrives for the visitation for former Titans
kicker Rob Bironas on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in
Nashville, Tenn. Bironas died Saturday night, Sept. 20,
after a car accident near his Nashville home, according to
He said Bironas,
cut in March, had installed a kicking net in his backyard complete
with artificial turf expecting to sign with another NFL team.
Bironas believed a workout last week in Detroit went well, even
texting Kern saying he wished he had been his holder.
who worked with Bironas for years while helping Titans players
with charity appearances, also has been surprised by the reports
of the crash.
Bironas as a very social, happy and funny man who loved Nashville
and always ready for any appearance. His reputation was that of an
upstanding citizen with no off-field issues.
walk into a room with a big smile on his face and hug people's
necks, and everyone in this city feels like they knew him,"
said Halbrooks, who now owns her own events and management firm.
Titans punter Brett Kern talks about former Titans kicker
Rob Bironas as Kern arrives at a funeral home for the
visitation for Bironas on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in
Nashville, Tenn. Bironas died Saturday nigh after a car
accident near his Nashville home, according to police.
But on the night
of his death, his behavior described in a series of 911 calls was
nothing like that.
Fraley, a Belmont University student, called police at 10:45 p.m.
on Saturday while riding in a pickup truck being chased by Bironas
at speeds over 100 mph. Fraley told a dispatcher that Bironas
cursed them after alerting him to a smell from his SUV's exhaust
at a stop light, then tried to hit their truck during a chase down
a major Nashville road. Fraley didn't recognize the former Titans
kicker as the SUV driver until a roommate texted him Bironas'
photo the day after the crash.
— At 11:03
p.m., a woman called 911 reporting the SUV had crashed and gave
the phone to another woman who said Bironas had tried to run her
and her husband off the road minutes earlier. The woman told the
dispatcher that she and her husband had pulled over and let the
man drive past. She also said police needed to know something was
wrong with him before the crash.
Titans flags form a makeshift memorial Wednesday, Sept. 24,
2014, in Nashville, Tenn., where former Titans kicker Rob
Bironas died Saturday. Bironas died after a car accident
near his Nashville home, according to police. The visitation
for Bironas is scheduled for Wednesday and his funeral is
scheduled for Thursday.
— Bironas' wife
reported him missing in a 911 call at 11:40 p.m. The couple had
watched a movie at home along with a friend when Bironas told his
wife good night and left the room. Rachel Bironas told police she
thought he went to bed, then later couldn't find him in the house.
She called his phone and then relatives before police. In the
report, she said they had not argued and Bironas did not have
"a history of wanting to harm himself." While the
officer was taking the report, they learned Bironas had crashed
less than a mile from their home.
believes what really happened last Saturday will eventually come
out, he is focusing on the last time he spoke with Bironas.
"I told him
I was proud of him," Kern said, "and that's the last
thing I told him."