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Before He Died, Ex-NFL Kicker Acted Strangely

Rob Bironas' wife reported him missing; other driver describes road rage

(Newser) - On Saturday, the night Rob Bironas died in a car accident , the former Tennessee Titans kicker watched a movie at his Nashville home with his wife and a friend, drinking just one beer over the course of the evening, his wife says. He said goodnight to wife Rachel Bradshaw at... More »

Ex-NFL Kicker Killed in Car Crash at Age 36

Rob Bironas crashed SUV last night a mile from home

(Newser) - Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died last night after a car accident near his home. Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11pm less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement that his... More »

Hilarious Glitch: Linebacker Shrinks to 1'2" in Madden 15

Glitch in video game makes Christian Kirksey quite tiny

(Newser) - The Tennessee Titans have a secret weapon this season: a 1-foot, 2-inch linebacker. At least, that's what players of the just-released Madden NFL 15 video game have found in an apparent glitch, which features the diminutive athlete dodging in between the legs of his relatively gigantic opponents. The identity... More »

Tennessee Titans Fire Head Coach

Mike Munchak had year left in contract

(Newser) - The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak after three seasons as head coach and 31 years combined with this franchise as a player and coach, the team has confirmed. General manager Ruston Webster says in a statement that the last week was a difficult time trying to figure out how... More »

Titans Receiver Dies; Suicide Suspected

Police found OJ Murdock with apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound

(Newser) - Tennessee Titans reserve receiver OJ Murdock has died of an apparent suicide, Tampa police say. Officers found the 25-year-old Murdock inside his car this morning with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The car was parked in front of Middleton High School, where Murdock attended school. He was taken... More »

NFL Fines Titans Owner $250K for Flipping Bird

Tennessee's Bud Adams dinged for 'detrimental' conduct

(Newser) - The NFL fined 86-year-old Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for "conduct detrimental to the league"—namely, flipping the bird toward the Buffalo Bills' sideline in the waning moments of yesterday's 41-17 Tennessee victory. He later repeated the display on the field, the Tennessean reports. "I... More »

Patriots Rule Brittania, Bucs

New England cruises past winless Tampa Bay, 35-7

(Newser) - Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and had more than 300 yards as the Patriots (5-2) beat the winless (0-7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 35-7, today at Wembley Stadium in the NFL's third regular-season game at the iconic London venue. The game drew a sellout crowd of 84,254. NFL commissioner... More »

Defending-Champ Steelers Work OT to Beat Titans

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Steelers got a 33-yard field goal from Jeff Reed 4½ minutes into overtime tonight to beat the visiting Tennessee Titans, 13-10, in the first game of the NFL season. It was an uneven performance for the defending champions, the Post-Gazette reports; Pittsburgh also lost Pro Bowl safety Troy... More »

At Dallas' $1.2B Stadium, Video Board May Be Too Low

(Newser) - The video board above the playing field at the new, $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys Stadium weighs 1.2 million pounds, is the world’s largest 1080p high-definition TV … and could be hanging too low, USA Today reports. Though it’s 90 feet above the playing surface—5 feet... More »

McNair Was Drunk At Time of Death: Medical Examiner

Shooter had some marijuana in her system

(Newser) - Steve McNair was legally drunk the day he was killed by his 20-year-old lover, the Tennessean reports. The former NFL quarterback had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, the state medical examiner said today—twice the amount at which it is illegal to drive. Sahel Kazemi had a small amount... More »

Feds Nab Man Who Sold Gun to McNair Killer

Convicted murderer faces charges after parking lot transaction

(Newser) - ATF agents have arrested the man who sold the gun that killed Steve McNair, the AP reports. The suspect, Adrian J. Gilliam Jr., has prior convictions for murder and attempted robbery. He admits he sold a fully loaded 9mm pistol to McNair’s girlfriend in a mall parking lot 2... More »

Mourners Flood McNair's Hometown to Pay Respects

(Newser) - Steve McNair's Mississippi home town boasts only 1,000 residents, but more than 2,500 came to mourn him there yesterday. The murdered NFL star's body was brought home after a memorial service Thursday in Nashville; fans came from all over the country to pay their respects, standing in line... More »

McNair Autopsy: 3 Distant Shots, 1 Close-Up

Kazemi shot with gun touching head

(Newser) - Three of the four gunshots that killed Steve McNair came from more than 3 feet away, while the fourth was close-range, the football star's autopsy concludes. His girlfriend’s wound came from a contact shot, meaning the gun was touching Sahel Kazemi’s head, the Tennessean reports. But that doesn’... More »

Girlfriend Owned Gun at McNair Crime Scene

Weapon sold less than 48 hours before shooting deaths: cops

(Newser) - Steve McNair's girlfriend bought a gun on Thursday, less than 2 days before she and the retired NFL quarterback were shot to death with the weapon, Nashville police say. A spokesman refused to say who sold Sahel Kazemi the gun but did say it fired five shots, the Tennessean reports.... More »

McNair's Talent Paved the Way for Others

Gritty QB blazed a trail for black franchise players in the NFL

(Newser) - Steve McNair had plenty of hype to live up to at the beginning of his professional career, and rose to the occasion, not only proving himself but also paving the way for black franchise quarterbacks from Donovan McNabb to Vince Young, writes Tom Curran for MSNBC. He had both grit... More »

McNair Likely a Victim of Murder-Suicide

Evidence suggests his girlfriend killed him, then herself

(Newser) - Details in the shooting death of NFL great Steve McNair are beginning to emerge. It now appears that McNair's 20-year-old girlfriend shot him several times before killing herself, the Tennessean reports. Both were found in McNair's rented Nashville condo, the girlfriend with a single gunshot wound to her head and... More »

NFL Great McNair Shot Dead

13-year veteran led Tennessee Titan to Super Bowl in 1999

(Newser) - Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death in the head today, along with an unidentified woman, at an apartment complex in Nashville, WTVF-TV reports. No suspects are in custody. McNair, 36, who played 13 NFL seasons before retiring last year, led the Titans to the Super... More »

$100M for Haynesworth Opens NFL Free Agency

(Newser) - The NFL free agency period began at midnight, and the Redskins quickly got down to business, agreeing to a 7-year, $100 million deal with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, the Washington Post reports. The former Tennessee Titan's contract includes an NFL-record $41 million in guaranteed money, the AP adds. He joins... More »

Wild-Card Ravens Edge Titans 13-10

(Newser) - As grudge matches go, this was worthy of the WWE, the AP reports. The Baltimore Ravens survived 13-10 against the Tennessee Titans today thanks to Matt Stover's 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining. Two teams with an extreme dislike for each other never stopped pounding it out in the... More »

NFL Playoffs Feature Rematches

Each game this round is a rematch, but don't expect similar results

(Newser) - All four match-ups for next weekend's NFL playoffs are been-there, done-that this season, but the outcomes aren't necessarily givens, USA Today reports:
  • Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco's interceptions helped the Titans as much as Kerry Collin's 80-yard touchdown drive in defeating the Ravens, but Flacco's seen a lot of play since
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