Rod Bramblett, the longtime “Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” and his wife were killed in a two-car accident Saturday night in Auburn, Alabama, the Opelika-Auburn News reported.
Update 7:58 a.m. EDT May 26: Auburn University spokesman Kirk Sampson confirmed the deaths of Rod Bramblett, 53, and Paula Bramblett, 52, USA Today reported. The couple was involved in a two-car crash in Auburn, according to Auburn police and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris.
The Auburn Family is devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett. 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/BiynTWHcIx— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) May 26, 2019
Tributes poured in from members of the Auburn staff and community.
“You will not find a kinder, more unselfish soul than Rod,” Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl tweeted. “His love for Auburn, our student athletes and coaches is genuine and heard loud and clear.”
You will not find a kinder, more unselfish sole than Rod. His love for Auburn, our student athletes and coaches is genuine and heard loud and clear. Praying for Rod, Paula and Bramblett Family https://t.co/XXdvs7oafX— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) May 26, 2019
Former Auburn football coach Gene Chizik called the news “devastating.”
“They were fantastic human beings,” Chizik tweeted. “I will always cherish my 4 years working with Rod. He loved his Tigers. He loved his family. He loved his job. He loved people.
This news of Rod and Paula Bramblett is devastating. They were fantastic human beings. I will always cherish my 4 years working with Rod. He loved his Tigers. He loved his family. He loved his job. He loved people....Please PRAY for Shelby and Josh, their 2 children. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 https://t.co/7zE1mxA2Il— Gene Chizik (@CoachGeneChizik) May 26, 2019
Original report: According to Auburn police and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris, Bramblett, 53, and his wife, Paula, were killed when their 2017 Toyota Highlander was rear-ended by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old, AL.com reported. Rod Bramblett was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital, where he later died, the News reported.
Harris confirmed that Paula Bramblett, 52, was taken to a hospital in Opelika but died from her injuries, the newspaper reported.
"The fatality accident victims in Saturday's two vehicle collision in Auburn were 53-year-old Rod Bramblett and his wife, 52-year-old Paula Bramblett, of Auburn,” Harris said early Sunday morning. “Paula Bramblett died at 7:50 p.m. in the emergency room of East Alabama Medical Center from multiple internal injuries and Rod Bramblett, known as the "Voice of the Auburn Tigers, died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham from a severe closed head injury.”
While the university has not officially confirmed the Bramblett’s deaths, university president Steven Leath tweeted “Our hearts are full of grief,” and said he and his wife “offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett.”
Our hearts are full of grief. Janet and I offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett. The Auburn family loves you!— Steven Leath (@AuburnPrez) May 26, 2019
The teen was taken to the same hospital as Paula Bramblett, where he was listed in serious condition, according to the News.
The man behind one of the greatest calls in college football history has died. According to multiples reports, @VoiceofAUTigers Rod Bramblett & his wife Paula were killed in a car crash earlier this evening. RIP.— SEC Football Vids (@SECFootballVids) May 26, 2019
We’re left with great memories like the Kick Six in 2013 #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/h1WJRHAKkN
The crash happened around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Shug Jordan Parkway and West Samford Avenue in Auburn, WSFA reported.
According to Auburn University’s website, Rod Bramblett graduated from the university in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in political science.
Bramblett has been the play-by-play announcer for Auburn football and basketball games since 2003. In 1993, he started his Auburn broadcasting career as the voice of the Tigers’ baseball team.
Bramblett’s calls during games have been legendary to Southeastern Conference football fans, including “Go crazy, Cadillac” at the 2003 Iron Bowl and “Auburn’s going to win the football game,” when the Tigers returned a missed field goal 109 yards -- “Kick Six” -- to defeat archrival Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl.
While attending Auburn, Bramblett began his broadcasting career in Lanett, working for the WZZZ/WCJM radio stations, according to the school’s website. He also worked at WAUD in Auburn from 1989 to 1991 and from 1993 to 1996
He was a friend.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) May 26, 2019
He was a mentor.
His voice united a family.
A true Auburn man.
Rest In Peace Rod.
May God bless the Bramblett family. pic.twitter.com/JLFX69BHiX
Earlier Saturday, Auburn University tweeted that the Brambletts “were involved in a serious car accident” in Auburn.
“We ask the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers,” school officials tweeted.
Rod Bramblett, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula, were involved in a serious car accident early Saturday evening in Auburn. We ask the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers.— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) May 26, 2019
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