Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former Michigan State Star, NFL Player Charles Rogers Has Died

Former Michigan State Star, NFL Player Charles Rogers Has Died

Rogers was the number 2 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Rogers broke his collarbone again on the third play of the 2004 campaign, ending his second season. "From Saginaw, to East Lansing, to Detroit, Charles' connection to the state of MI and the football community was felt by many during the course of his life". He was the Fred Biletnikoff Award victor and a unanimous first-team All-American in 2002.

He nearly immediately made good on his $9.1m signing bonus with the Lions, catching 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns in his first five professional games, but his rookie year was abruptly cut short when he broke his collarbone during a speed drill. Rogers never played another National Football League game.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder had just 36 catches for 440 yards with four TD in 15 games before he left the NFL.

Rogers had a sad post-NFL tale that included brushes with the law and substance abuse.

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Rogers enjoyed a stellar career at Michigan State, where he still holds the record for most receiving touchdowns in a Spartan's career with 27.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers points upfield during a Thanksgiving Day game, November 24, 2005, at Ford Field, Detroit.

He has struggled with addiction throughout his career from pain killers to marijuana.

Rogers is regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in National Football League history, as unfortunate circumstances led to his fate in a game he dominated before injuries took a toll.

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