This information was provided by Tim Spalti, Brad's brother-in-law.
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
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
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.
Bank of America
P.O. Box 31900
Tampa Bay, FL. 33631-3900
Please include Cassandra Rother on the bottom of the check also.
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
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