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The Titans honored former kicker Rob Bironas before Sunday's NFL game against Cleveland.

They showed a video montage of highlights of his nine seasons with the Titans.

Bironas left behind a legacy that included his record of being one of the Titans and NFL's premier kickers during his time in the league. He is ranked fourth on the NFL's all-time kickers for accuracy. He was the Titans second leading scorer, trailing only Al Del Greco.

Bironas died last month as a result of a single car accident when he ran off the road on Battery Lane on a Friday night. The accident occurred one mile from his home. Prior to his crash, there were two reports that a man believed to be Bironas was driving erratically at a high rate of speed and threatening the drivers of those vehicles.

Metro police officers that worked the accident reported no sign of alcohol or drugs at the scene.

Toxicology reports this week indicated that there was indeed alcohol involved. Bironas had an alcohol blood level of .218. That is almost three times over the limit that the state of Tennessee recognizes as driving while intoxicated.

I am writing this to parents of children or grandchildren who drive. I ask if you read this and know of a parent whose children or grandchildren drive, please get this in their hands and ask them to let all those who drive to not only read it, but also heed it.

Do you think when Rob Bironas woke up that morning, that he knew this would be his final day on earth - that his actions would cause his death?

Think long and hard about it. He not only killed himself, he left loved ones behind.

He had been married since June. He leaves behind his wife and a son by another woman. He leaves behind his parents, his high school coach and former high school teammates and friends in Kentucky.

Rob Bironas not only put himself in harm's way, he put total strangers in danger.

A sober Rob Bironas would never have done what he did. One former Titans teammate told me he believed Bironas had been told by the Detroit Lions they were not going to sign him. Another NFL team also turned him down.

The former teammate thinks that if he got that news, he had trouble dealing with the fact his football career was over. He believes it triggered binge drinking at some point that day.

No one but Bironas knows what happened. We know he was driving while impaired, at a high rate of speed, especially for the road he left without ever touching his brakes.

The Titans had a moment of silence for Bironas. It was a perfect opportunity to use his death to save lives. If that message would save one life, it would be worth it. It would be what Rob Bironas wanted.

It's not too late. I suggest his family uses his death to warn all drivers of the danger of getting behind a wheel while being impaired by drugs or alcohol.

His story would be powerful for them to tell high school students. It would be powerful for those who are going through alcohol and/or drug rehab.

Rob Bironas was a widely known and admired NFL kicker, especially in this state.

Even in death, his story could prevent others from meeting a similar fate.

Contact Wilson Post Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at

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