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Brad Rother

    Tim Rother                                   Brad Rother

This information was provided by Tim Spalti, Brad's brother-in-law.

Brad Rother played football for NE 1985-1988 and then went to the Orange bowl in 1989. He was # 72 and he played Offensive Guard and Defensive Tackle.

His Brother Tim Rother played 1984-1988 when he was drafted to play for the LA Raiders. He also played defensive tackle.

Brad was 39 years old from Bellevue, NE and went to Bellevue East High School. Brad served 4 years in the Coast Guard.

He died on April 28, 2006 of sudden death from hemopericardium. It was also discovered that he had a heart valve defect that was probably the cause of his sudden death. He died in Espanola, New Mexico.

His funeral was on Friday, May 5th, 2006 at St Jude's Mission Church in Alamogordo, NM.

His survivors are: Mother and Father, Doug and Judy Rother, (brother) Tim and Liz Rother and family, (Sister) Teresa and Gary Gjerstad and family, (brother) Terry and Jill Rother, (brother) Todd and Jaime Rother, Nephew Brett Rother, (Grandmother) Rother (ex-wife) Tanya Doyle, and beautiful daughter Cassandra Rother age 5.

My sister Tanya and Brad were married Sept. 23, 2000. But they divorced in 2003. And even though their marriage did not work, they had a beautiful little girl, Cassandra Rother, who was born 1 month pre mature on March 20th, 2001.

Brad was an unbelievable father and made sure he called his daughter 3 or 4 times a week when he was out of town for work. Even after the divorce he still managed to see his daughter and call her all the time.

An account has been created for Cassandra for later on so that she can attend college and go on to become a better person as her father would have wanted her to. Here is that information:

Brad Rother Memorial Fund
Make checks payable to: Bank of America account # 004688933883
Please include routing number #122101706 on the check or money order and it can be mailed to the address below or taken to any local Bank of America.

Mailing address:
Bank of America
P.O. Box 31900
Tampa Bay, FL. 33631-3900
Please include Cassandra Rother on the bottom of the check also.

At Brad's funeral several of his friends and former teammates wrote down stories of their memories of Brad that will be put in a book for Cassie to keep. If you knew Brad and want to share a story about him with Cassie please send it to this email address.

Here is a local article from the Grand Island Independent. (registration required)