Rod Bramblett, the radio voice of the Auburn Tigers for decades, died over Memorial Day Weekend from injuries in a car crash in Auburn, AL. Bramblett, 52, was the lead announcer for Auburn football, men's basketball and baseball. Bramblett’s wife Paula, 53, also died in the two-car crash Saturday night. The cause of the accident is under investigation and the name of the 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle has not been released.
Bramblett had been the voice of the baseball team since 1993, adding play-by-play duties for football and basketball in 2003, according to the school’s website.
"Our hearts are full of grief," Auburn president Steven Leath wrote in a tweet, according to a story from ESPN. "Janet and I offer our sympathy and support to the family of Rod and Paula Bramblett. The Auburn family loves you!"
The Tigers baseball team honored Bramblett and his longtime radio partner, Andy Burcham, for their many years with the team earlier this month.
An Alabama native, Bramblett was a three-time winner (2006, 2010, 2013) of the Alabama State Broadcaster of the Year award. He was honored as the National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013, in part for his call on Chris Davis' game-winning 109-yard return of a missed field goal as time expired to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl, per ESPN.
As lead announcer for Auburn, Bramblett’s game calls were heard on more than 50 affiliates on the Auburn Sports Network.
“All of us in the Auburn Family are devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett,” Auburn Director of Athletics Allen Greene said. “A nationally recognized broadcaster, Rod’s love for Auburn was fervent. You could hear it coming through the radio loud and clear each time he exclaimed ‘Touchdown Auburn!’"
Bramblett was also Auburn Sports Properties’ Director of Broadcast Operations, according to WSFA-TV. He hosted “Tiger Talk,” “The Auburn Football Review” and “Auburn Basketball Review” television shows.
Paula Bramblett was an employee of the university, working in the IT Department. The two are survived by their children, daughter Shelby, an Auburn University student, and son Joshua.