Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas dies in car crash

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Rob Bironas, right, died in a car crash on Saturday night, less than a mile from his home in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Veteran kicker tried out for Lions this week
  • Ranked fourth in accuracy in NFL history %2885.7 percent%29
  • Played all nine NFL seasons with the Titans

Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas, whom the Lions brought in this week for a tryout, was killed late Saturday night in a single car accident near his home in Nashville, Tenn.

According to reports, Bironas lost control of his vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Bironas, 36, was among the most accurate kickers in NFL history, ranking fourth in accuracy at 85.7 percent (239-of-279). He played his entire nine-year career with the Titans and was an All-Pro selection in 2007.

Early Sunday morning, the Titans released a statement via their web site:

"We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas. 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."

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said rookie kicker Nate Freese, who has gone 2-of-5 on field goals this season, remains the starter.

The Titans play at Cincinnati today.