This weekend brought the sad news that former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas had been killed in a one-car accident on the night of September 20th just hours after his wife had reported him missing to authorities.
Now, three days later, with the police investigation into his death ongoing some startling and frankly worrying claims about the run up to the 36-year-old's death are beginning to emerge.
As reported by The Tennessean, two students at Belmont University have alleged that Bironas had threatened to kill them and their two female friends in a verbal altercation at a traffic light before chasing their pick up truck at high speed in a residential area.
The incident is alleged to have taken place at around 10.30pm on Saturday evening near to where Bironas lost his life after his white SUV struck some trees.
Student Connor Fraley described his altercation with Bironas as having begun after he and his friends attempted to warn the kicker (whom they did not recognize at the time) about an issue with his 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," the 20 year old remembers explaining.
"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 student then recounts a high speed car chase that followed, with Bironas following their pick up truck down into a residential area at speeds of up to 110 mph and attempting to "sideswipe the vehicle" - only narrowly avoiding contact.
After hearing of the former NFL player's death the following morning, and seeing a picture of Rob Bironas, Fraley contacted police to give details of his story.
The allegations fit with another report from a young lady who claims she and her partner were involved in a similar incident where a white SUV tried to run their vehicle of the road Saturday evening.
Rob Bironas was released by the Tennessee Titans in March of this year after eight years with the franchise - making one Pro Bowl (2007) and First Team All-Pro team (also in 2007) during that time.
Playing for the Titans between 2005-2013 Bironas left the franchise as their second all-time leading scorer with 1,032 points.
He had recently been working out for the Detroit Lions in hope of returning to the league during the 2014 NFL season.
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