Michigan State fans could never forget Charles Rogers. But he hoped those associated with the program would have favorable memories of him, not bad ones.
Cody J. Tucker of the Lansing State Journal published a terrific profile of Rogers on Thursday, chronicling his return to Michigan State in the fall and his life now. We highly encourage you to check it out.
Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, works at an auto repair shop Fort Myers, Fla., owned by a childhood friend. He described it as his first “real” job, and he mostly does “PR” since he doesn’t know much about cars.
Rogers played just 15 games in three seasons for the Lions and caught 36 passes. He’s considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
Rogers caught 135 passes for 2,821 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons for the Spartans. But because of how his NFL career fell apart so quickly thanks to injuries and pain pills, he said, he was nervous to go back to East Lansing.
“It took so much off my shoulders, man. The joy I felt to see everybody, and no one throwing judgment on you was like I never left,” Rogers told the Journal. “I was just touched. I was in tears, man. I was really crying. Just the shit I have been through, I didn’t know how they would respond to me.”
Rogers still smokes marijuana every day, but says injuries and painkillers derailed his career. He suffered two broken collarbones in his first two years with the Lions.
Again, check out Tucker’s profile of Rogers here. It’s worth your time.