Early on Sunday morning it was revealed that former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas tragically passed away at the tender age of 36.
Bironas was involved in a single vehicle car crash where it has been reported that he lost control of his SUV and collided with some trees just a mile away from his home.
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee and kicker Adam Vinatieri expressed sympathy for the family of Bironas and paid their respects to their longtime friend.
"It's one of those things where Vinatieri, myself, (long snapper) Matt Overton and the guys that operate on fourth down are kind of in a brotherhood together," McAfee said.
"Especially a guy (like Bironas), who was in the AFC South. If you think about it, last year, he was playing in this stadium. We had a moment before the game where we thought about Rob. It's a sad situation. He was a great dude and a hell of a kicker. Our thoughts are going to be with him for a long time. It's shame the way things turn out, but it teaches us to enjoy every moment."
Bironas, who had just worked out with the Detroit Lions, had a Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers franchise record 11-game winning field goals in a nine-year career, including a 60-yarder against the Colts in 2006 that still stands as a franchise record.
"It hits close to home because we had a personal relationship with him," Vinatieri said. "We all knew him and talked to him every time we played (the Titans) and talked to him in the offseason. He was a great kicker. You don't last nine years in this league without being a very good player. This league is fickle in the sense that if you're not performing, it doesn't wait around for you. He was a dang good player."
Bironas was married to Rachel Bradshaw, daughter Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. He was released by the Titans in March.