Rob Bironas - Friend, NFL Kicker

Categories: Overcoming
Date: 23 Dec 2014 09:50

Original post: September 13, 2013

Perseverance. For Rob Bironas, it’s more than a word – it’s a way of life. Rob didn’t make his high school football team his freshman or sophomore year. He didn’t give up. He found out that he finally made the team the night before the season opener his junior year. He lettered his junior and senior year in high school. Rob didn’t get any Division I scholarship offers, but he was determined to play D-1 football. He walked on at Auburn University as a red-shirt freshman. He worked to earn a scholarship and the starting kicking job by his sophomore year. His senior year, Rob was injured, Auburn hired a new coach, and he lost his scholarship. He wasn’t going to let that stop him, so he transferred to Georgia Southern University to finish his senior year. That year, the Georgia Southern Eagles Football Team won the Division I-AA National Championship. 

Despite helping win a title for his team, Rob didn’t generate much interest from the NFLand decided to finish his marketing degree at Auburn. After graduating, he went to work for his father’s company. He spent his lunch breaks and evenings kicking footballs and working out. Football was still his dream. Bironas spent time on the off season roster of the Green Bay Packers (2002), and preseason rosters with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2003) and The Pittsburgh Steelers (2004), but never made a team. Rob worked hard to stay in shape and never gave up his dream of kicking in the NFL. He turned to the Arena Football League each time he was cut from a team and worked side jobs to supplement his Arena League income. Rob finally got his break when the Tennessee Titans invited him to training camp in 2005. He made the team and stayed in a hotel the entire season to remind himself that there were no guarantees and to stay focused on his dream. That year, Rob found a quote very indicative of his character and his journey: “The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.” He has kept that quote on a post-it note in his car ever since. 

Although Rob always dreamed of playing in the NFL, he never imagined that he would set the NFL record for most field goals in a game, lead the NFL in field goals and make the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Teams all in one season. However, in 2007, Rob did just that. He nailed eight field goals, including the game-winner, against Houston to set both franchise and NFL records. The ball from that game now resides in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. He also led the NFL with 35 field goals and had a career-best 133 points. 

SAY i WON’T... Rob says “It’s a drive, a will power, setting goals. If you say I won't or I can't, I will strive to prove you wrong! It's about turning negatives into positives! He says the biggest challenge he’s had to overcome is “getting into the league; trials, tribulations, walking on, being told no over and over, being cut by Green Bay, Tampa Bay, and Pittsburg, before finding my home in Tennessee."
When asked to describe himself in one word, Rob responded, "consistent".
Rob credits his perseverance, in large part, to his Dad.

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