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WDRB obtains 911 calls related to crash that killed former NFL player Rob Bironas

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has obtained 911 calls reporting the car crash that killed former NFL player and Louisville native Rob Bironas, age 36.

Click HERE to listen to one of the 911 calls.

Saturday night police say Bironas lost control of his SUV on a curve near his Nashville home. He hit several trees before flipping upside down. Police say the 36-year-old died at the hospital, and that there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol at the scene.

But today, we learned his wife reported him missing shortly before the wreck. CBS Sports reports the couple was watching a movie, when Bironas decided to go to bed. His wife called police when she went to bed later and he wasn't there.

Several people who were in one car told the Tennessean, they noticed a burning smell coming from his vehicle about that time and said they tried to tell him about it.

They claim he then threatened to kill everyone in the vehicle, and tried to run them off the road.

And on one of the 911 calls reporting the accident, a witness at the scene claims Bironas tried to run her off the road.

"It's a white Tahoe," the witness said. "He tried to run my husband and I off the road. We pulled over and he looked at us. We don't even know him! And he sped off. My husband got out and said, 'What is your problem?'"

"Okay, now, who flipped?" the dispatcher asked. "Is it you guys who flipped, or he did?"

"No, we let him go on past us because he was trying to run me off the road and we don't know who he is," she said. 

"Okay, he ended up flipping?" the dispatcher asked.

"I don't know," the witness said. "We let him speed off past us."

"Who is in the white vehicle that flipped?" the dispatcher asked. "Was it your car or their car?"

"This guy -- he's dangerous," the witness sobbed. "He was drunk or--"

"Okay, so he tried to run you off the road, and then he sped off and flipped," the dispatcher said. "Is that what you're telling me?"

"My husband got out of the car because he came beside us and he gave us this crazy look, and my husband is like, 'What do you want?'" the witness said, sobbing. "And he just sped off past us, and he followed us down this road, and then we just pulled out of his way, and then we saw all this smoke and everything and we pulled over and just wondered if it's him. Because he's dangerous and the police need to know there's something wrong with him...he's dangerous. He's drunk or something. He tried to start a fight with us!"

"I just want to tell the police that there's something wrong with him," the witness said. "He's dangerous. He's drunk or is on drugs. There's 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."

Police say their preliminary investigation has found no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the vehicle.

Dennis Lampley, Bironas' former football coach at Trinity High School, says the news of Bironas' death was difficult to take.

"It's hard when you see something like that happen to a young man, 36 years old, he's got his future in front of him," he said.

Lampley says Bironas was recruited from the soccer team and he quickly noticed the kicker was something special. He went on to play for the Tennessee Titans for nine seasons.

"He had a heart of a champion and he never gave up and that fight obviously proved to be worth it because I consider him one of the greatest NFL kickers ever, especially of our time and our generation," said former Trinity teammate, Matt Reecer.

"Off the field he was just a very nice guy, very charismatic, always had a smile on his face and always willing to help a friend or a fellow teammate," Reecer told WDRB News.

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