AUBURN, Ala. — The Opelika-Auburn News reported Rob Bramblett, the "Vocie of the Auburn Tigers", and his wife both died from a tragic two-vehicle accident Saturday evening in Auburn.
An SUV driven by a 16-year-old driver slammed into the back of an SUV driven by the Brambletts while waiting to make a turn onto another street. The other driver was also injured in the accident and was in serious condition.
Rod Bramblett, 53, was airlifted with life-threatening injuries to the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he later Saturday night died from those injuries, according to multiple sources.
His wife Paula, 52, was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika but died earlier in the evening from her injuries.
Police are not releasing the name of the other driver due to the person's age.
Bramblett worked with the Auburn Tigers sports broadcasting for nearly 30 years. He was known for his call on the game winning return by Auburn's Chris Davis which shocked top ranked Alabama in the 2013 "Iron Bowl". Bramblett was credited with coining the phrase "There goes Davis" on the call. The long time Auburn sports play-by-play caller was named National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated for his work that year.
Bramblett took over as Auburn’s lead announcer for football and men’s basketball in 2003, after the death of his predecessor, another broadcasting legend, Jim Fyffe. Bramblett called Auburn’s first-ever run to the men’s basketball Final Four this spring.
Auburn Athletics released the following statement Saturday evening: "We ask the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers.”