The Voice of the Auburn Tigers, Rod Bramblett, passed away tragically this past weekend with his wife, Paula, in a car accident.
To many in the Auburn area and across the state of Alabama, Bramblett was larger than life. He began as the voice of Auburn baseball 25 years ago in 1993. In 2003, he took over football and basketball duties as well in the wake of tragedy. Jim Fyffe, a legend himself, passed away unexpectedly in May of that year.
Bramblett had big shoes to fill as many admired Fyffe and his legacy. Throughout the years, Bramblett created his own legacy that, even though he is gone, will last forever.
Over the last fifteen years, Bramblett was on the call for many memorable moments in Auburn sports history. His most famous is the by far the 2013 Iron Bowl and the Kick Six. “There goes Davis” and “They’re not going to keep them off the field tonight” will forever be in the minds of Auburn fans. There are many others moments and on is, “Go crazy, Cadillac! Go crazy” which was the first play of the 2003 Iron Bowl when Carnell “Cadillac” Williams took a halfback draw 80 yards for a touchdown. He was the voice of two national championship games for Auburn football and two SEC championships for Auburn basketball. His last basketball game was Auburn’s first Final Four appearance.
What made Bramblett connect with fans was his passion and knowledge of Auburn. It was unmatched. I was lucky enough to be around Bramblett and witness this on a few occasions. It was mainly in the press box at Auburn football games during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. I would sit and eat before the games at a table and just listen to the conversations that he had with many media members or athletic department employees. It was clear in the few interactions that I had with him that he loved Auburn. After all, he was a graduate of Auburn and spent most of his adult life in the area working for the school, city and teams he loved.
Over the past few days, support has poured out from around the state and country. People have been sharing stories about how they will remember Bramblett. One story that I have seen regularly is fans who said they would mute their TV’s just to watch and listen to him on the radio. This was a testament to, just like his predecessor Fyffe, how Bramblett was seen as larger than life to the Auburn family.
His loss is more than just losing a broadcaster. He was a person who showed everyday how we should live and aspire to be as people. If there is one thing I learned from Bramblett it is that life is about finding your passion and what you are good at and pursuing it relentlessly. This is a tragic loss of a voice for Auburn. His voice will not ever be forgotten though.