Former Lions receiver Charles Rogers dies at 38

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Charles Rogers, a talented wide receiver who was selected by the Lions with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft but had a troubled and short NFL career, has died at the age of 38.

Some of Rogers’ former teammates confirmed the news this morning.

“Devastated to learn of the passing of my Spartan brother Charles Rogers,” former NFL receiver Chris Baker, a teammate of Rogers’ at Michigan State, wrote on Twitter. “Spoke with his mom this morning. Please pray for her and his children. Please also be respectful of their privacy at this difficult time. Rip Chuck.”

Rogers grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and was a star high school receiver. He then went to Michigan State and won the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in college football in 2002. But after the Lions drafted him, he struggled in the NFL. He broke his collarbone in each of his first two NFL seasons, and had drug problems that saw him suspended from the NFL and plagued him for much of his post-football life.

21 responses to “Former Lions receiver Charles Rogers dies at 38

  1. He had his problems, but we all have problems in some fashion. This makes me sad. Seems like just yesterday he was making amazing catches at Michigan State and the Lions drafting him top 5. Life moves fast.

  2. Wow, this is truly shocking!
    Rogers was such a beast in college, I expected him to be a monster in the pros.
    I’m not quite sure what derailed his NFL career, but this is very sad news indeed.
    Too young.

  3. Wow – did not expect to see this when I logged on the site.
    Tragic news; saw one his games on ESPN Classic recently.
    Hopefully, he is now at peace.

  4. It’s a shame he could neer get it together even off the field. He looked electric the first times he did step on the field but the two straight early season injuries and then the subsequent problems with drugs were too much to overcome.

  5. I hope we can start being as sympathetic, compassionate and concerned about these players struggles while they’re still alive. Maybe it would help some seek help rather than help ostracized and mocked.

  6. TMZ reports he had cancer and liver disease. He was given 30 days awaiting a liver transplant and didnt get jt…. very sad

  7. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 11, 2019 at 10:43 am
    But the stoners want to legalize drugs…..

    So sad for this kid’s family.

    R.I.P chuck.
    And no the stoners do not want yo legalize all drugs, just the one that has clinically proven to never kill someone. Cannibals has a zero percent fatality rate. Check your facts before calling out the so called stoners.

  8. Wow, this headline made me double take.

    I found a story that said in recent years he was working in an auto shop, smoking marijuana daily, had been addicted to pain killers and was “trying to turn his life around.” Doesn’t look like a cause of death has been released but it’s likely not too far out on the limb to suspect it’s addiction related.

  9. “TMZ reports he had cancer and liver disease. He was given 30 days awaiting a liver transplant and didnt get jt”

    Yeah, no way someone with cancer gets any kind of organ transplant imo

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