Former Michigan State star Charles Rogers, who joined the Detroit Lions as the NFL’s second overall pick in the 2003 draft, has died at the age of 38.
Rogers was a star college athlete at Michigan State and appeared destined for big things when he was drafted by the Lions, although his career in the league never quite took off as many had hoped.
He was released by the Lions in 2006 and subsequent attempts to break back into the league with the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t work out.
Rogers reportedly struggled with drug issues, in particular after his career came to an end.
The news of his death came on Monday morning from former teammates on social media as well as Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.
Can confirm: Former MSU and Lions WR Charles Rogers has died. The Saginaw native was 38 years old.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 11, 2019