Many in Nashville and around the NFL are mourning the death of former Titans kicker Rob Bironas that occured Saturday night. He was a young man, 36, and by most accounts a pretty decent guy, but some stories are coming in about his odd behavior on the night of the crash that are making many people curious about the events leading up to his untimely death.
It came out soon after the crash occurred that Bironas' wife, Rachel Bradshaw, did not realize that her husband had left their Nashville home. She reported him missing Saturday night after he said "goodnight" to her around 10:30 p.m. She told police that the couple had been watching a movie with a female friend, and she thought he had gone to bed, but when she went to check on him, he was missing.
She claimed that Bironas was not intoxicated, and that they had not been fighting before he went to bed.
A 911 call has also been released, in which a woman described a scary run-in with Bironas just minutes before the crash that took his life occurred.
"He is dangerous, he is drunk or something. He tried to start a fight with us,'' the woman said. "My husband ran down there to see what is going on. I just want to tell the police there is something wrong with him. He is dangerous, he is drunk or he is on drugs. There is something wrong with him. He gave us a mean look. We don't even know him, and he tried to run us off the road."
The woman told police she and her husband partially pulled over to let the White SUV Bironas was driving go by, after he reportedly tried to run them off the road. After collecting themselves, they continued up Battery Lane, and came upon the crash site.
On Tuesday, the Nashville Tennessean reported that two Belmont University students reported being almost run off the road by Beronis, too.
Connor Fraley, a 20-year-old student, said he was a passenger in a pickup truck that Bironas tried to hit on Franklin Road during a wild, high-speed chase, after Bironas made threatening comments at an intersection minutes before. Fraley detailed a frightening encounter he and three other Belmont students had with Bironas around 10:30 p.m. The incident took place at the intersection of Battery Lane and Franklin Road, not far from where Bironas would later crash.
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' SUV.
"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."
Fraley said that Bironas chased them, and tried to side swipe them after that, and scared the students in the truck before they could get away from him.
Police reported that no drugs or alcohol was found at the scene, but the results from the toxicology report conducted monday will take weeks to come back.
Bironas played 9 seasons for the Titans.