Auburn radio announcer Rod Bramblett and wife die in tragic vehicle crash


"All of us in the Auburn Family are devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett", Director of Athletics Allen Greene said in a release. His wife Paula was pronounced dead immediately at the scene.

Bramblett died Saturday night at UAB Hospital in Birmingham from a head injury, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said Sunday.

The 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was taken to East Alabama Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Auburn Police Department investigated the accident on Shug Jordan Parkway at West Samford Avenue, according to the Opelika-Auburn News.

The driver of the other SUV was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Harris also confirms that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Auburn Tigers radio announcer Rod Bramblett and Paula Bramblett have died in a serious vehicle accident.

"Our hearts are full of grief", Auburn President Steven Leath tweeted, according to the paper.

- The Auburn community is mourning the loss of a beloved announcer of the school's football team and his wife. He had been doing baseball since 1993. He took over for play-by-play duties for football and men's basketball in 2003. I can not imagine a man more proud to be the Voice of the Auburn Tigers.

Bramblett began his broadcasting career in Lanett, Ala., working part-time at WZZZ/WCJM radio stations while attending Auburn University.

Bramblett was perhaps best known nationally for his call of the "Kick Six" against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 annual Iron Bowl football rivalry. He was also named National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013.

The Brambletts are survived by their two children, Shelby (a current Auburn student) and Justin. The call came on November 13, 2013, during the "Iron Bowl" in a late-season contest between Auburn and Alabama that had national championship implications.