Rod Bramblett, the Voice of the Auburn Tigers, and his wife, Paula, passed away Saturday after sustaining injuries in a vehicle accident in Auburn. Rod, 53, had broadcasted Auburn baseball since 1993 and took over as lead announcer for Auburn in 2003, serving as Auburn’s voice of football, men’s basketball and baseball.
Paula Bramblett, 52, was a long-time employee of Auburn University. They are survived by their two children, daughter Shelby and son Joshua.
Both Rod and Paula graduated from Auburn. Rod received his bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in history in 1988, while Paula graduated in 1991. Rod was a native of Valley and Paula from nearby Huguley.
“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 had several memorable calls during his tenure, none more than “There Goes Davis!” describing Chris Davis’ touchdown return to beat Alabama in 2013, commonly known as the Kick Six game. That year, he was named National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013. Bramblett was also a three-time winner of the Alabama State Broadcaster of the Year (2006, 2010, 2013) as presented by the National Sports Media Association.
“It won’t be the same without Rod,” Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl said. “Ninety minutes before the game and 20 minutes after it, we spent time talking Auburn basketball. He loved Auburn, the student-athletes and the coaches and it showed every time he called a game. As good as he was at what he did, he was a better man. He was kind, considerate and selfless among so many other great qualities. Selfishly, I’ll miss my friend and his wife Paula. I just pray for their family.”
AU football coach Gus Malzahn said, I’m heartbroken by the loss of Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula. Rod was a true professional and was always a pleasure to work with. He loved Auburn and it showed in his work. As much as he loved Auburn, his family came first and foremost.”