Commissioner Greg Sankey, others react to tragic death of Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett
Tragedy struck the Auburn family on Saturday evening, as longtime play-by-play man Rod Bramblett and his wife, Paula, were killed in a two-car accident.
Bramblett was 52 years old and his wife was 53. Bramblett was an Auburn graduate and called football and men’s basketball games since 2003.
As you can expect, reactions to the devastating news have been pouring in all night, from commissioner Greg Sankey to some SEC athletic directors to notable media members. Here’s a look at a few of the tributes to Bramblett:
Sad, indeed. Rod and I were just together and shared a laugh during a visit on Wednesday evening at the #SECBSB Tournament. The SEC family joins in grieving and praying with our Auburn friends. https://t.co/htnZOdlzB7
— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) May 26, 2019
During the 5 years I spent at Auburn, Rod Bramblett, Andy Burcham & myself traveled the SEC together, creating fun memories & forging a lasting bond. Last night, Rod & his wife Paula died tragically.
Please keep Rod’s kids & AU in your prayers.
I miss my friend already. pic.twitter.com/MfZvcwH1rj
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) May 26, 2019
Devastated to hear the news regarding Auburn play by play man Rod Bramblett & his wife Paula, who were killed in a car accident. My thoughts-condolences & prayers to his family & the entire Auburn family. He was a pros pro in the booth. He & Paula will both be missed greatly. https://t.co/sxe2CentWJ
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) May 26, 2019
No words can properly describe our sadness. Rod Bramblett was always so good to me and he loved Auburn, treated everyone with respect and made us all better. We will miss Rod and Paula dearly. Our hearts and prayers are with Shelby, Josh & the Auburn Family. https://t.co/2mQamzSYlI
— Rhett Lashlee (@rhettlashlee) May 26, 2019
Just heard the devastating news for the Auburn family with the loss of Rod Bramblett and his wife. Just heart breaking. There are no words. Just deepest sympathies.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) May 26, 2019
— Steven Pearl (@StevenPearl22) May 26, 2019
Simply devastated by the news out of Auburn this evening. Rod Bramblett always had a smile and a kind word, and his welcome smile and wit were always appreciated. I can't believe he is gone. May God bless the Bramblett family, and may the Auburn family forever remember him. RIP.
— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) May 26, 2019
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Bramblett Family and everyone in the Auburn Family. 🙏 https://t.co/bHeNjt75F5
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) May 26, 2019
We are once again reminded of how short life really is, so love your friends and family today well. Take a slow walk, do a kind deed for someone else that you don’t even know. No regrets doing these… prayers to the Auburn family.
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) May 26, 2019
Growing up, I listened to Rod Bramblett call out play by play for Auburn. I dreamed about him calling out my name on the radio during a big game. Rod will always be my favorite radio announcer. He and Paula will be greatly missed by our Auburn family and so many others. pic.twitter.com/Q7UgPzKrdd
— Bo Nix (@bo_nix10) May 26, 2019
Auburn will likely do something to honor the memory of the longtime broadcaster, but no plans have been announced as of now.