Rod Bramblett, the voice of Auburn football, men’s basketball and baseball, and his wife, Paula, died after a car wreck Saturday night in Alabama, the university confirmed.
Rod Bramblett was 52, and Paula Bramblett was 53. They are survived by their two children: daughter Shelby and son Joshua.
At around 6 p.m., the Brambletts were at an intersection when their vehicle was struck from behind by a 16-year-old driver, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to Auburn police.
Rod Bramblett died of “a closed head injury,” and Paula Bramblett suffered “multiple internal injuries,” according to AL.com.
“Our hearts are full of grief,” Auburn University President Steven Leath tweeted early Sunday morning. “Janet and I offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett. The Auburn family loves you!”
“Simply put, Christy & I are devastated,” Auburn Athletic Director Allen Greene tweeted. “Rod & Paula were Auburn people to the core, leaving an irreplaceable void in our hearts. The last several hours have been difficult, as will the hours, days, months, & years ahead. Please keep the Bramblett family in your prayers!”
Former Auburn football players expressed sympathy on social media.
Bramblett began working at Auburn in February 1993, according to his bio on the school’s athletic website. He called Tigers baseball games before becoming the school’s lead sports broadcaster in 2003. He won Alabama broadcaster of the year awards in 2006, 2010 and 2013, and he claimed Sports Illustrated’s national broadcaster of the year honor in 2013, the same year as the famous “Kick Six” touchdown, a 109-yard return by Tigers defensive back Chris Davis following a missed field goal attempt by rival Alabama.
This month, Bramblett and color commentator Andy Burcham were honored by the university during a pregame ceremony for calling Auburn baseball games together for 25 seasons.
“It was very, very special and greatly appreciated,” Bramblett said of the honor. “It meant a lot that folks would go to all the trouble to pull this off without us knowing it.”
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