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Charles Rogers, former Michigan State star, Lions first-round pick, dies at 38

DETROIT – Former Michigan State football star and Detroit Lions first-round pick Charles Rogers has died.

Rogers, 38, was a Saginaw native who broke several receiving records while playing football at Michigan State University between 2001 and 2002.

Rogers was selected No. 2 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played three years for the Lions, appearing in only 15 games following back-to-back season ending injuries.

Rogers was released by the Lions in 2006 following a string of failed drug tests and questions of work ethic.

The cause of his death is currently unknown.

The Lions released a statement:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Rogers. From Saginaw, to East Lansing, to Detroit, Charles’ connection to the state of Michigan and its football community was felt by many during the course of his life. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his friends and family during this difficult time.”


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