Mississippi State radio broadcaster Jim Ellis

Jim Ellis

Radio play-by-play college sports broadcasters Jim Ellis and Rod Bramblett shared a 25-year friendship.

Both have sat behind the microphone and described the action for the schools they loved with Ellis being at Mississippi State and Bramblett at Auburn. They had that in common.

It was with great sadness that Ellis learned of Bramblett’s passing after a car accident on Saturday night. Bramblett and his wife Paula were killed in a two-vehicle crash.

“It is such a tragic thing and unbelievable,” Ellis said on Monday. “I don’t think people realize that all of us broadcast guys actually get along real well and know each other. I started getting texts on Saturday from some of the other guys. I think Chris Stewart was the first Alabama guy. It’s a sad time.”

For more of Ellis' reaction to Bramblett's death, see Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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