MSU's Charles Rogers Has Died At 38

His star quickly tarnished.

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November 11, 2019 - 8:29 am
22 Sep 2001: Charles Rogers #1 of the Michigan State Spartans runs with the ball during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish 17-10.Mandatory Credit: Jonat

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Former teammates broke the news on twitter about former Michigan State Spartan Charles Rogers, saying he had died at the age of 38.

Media outlets later confirmed the sad news about a man whose life started with a startling burst of promise.

Rogers' life in snippets: In just two seasons, he hauled in 135 passes for 2,821 yards and a school record 27 touchdowns. He was the No. 2 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He signed a $39.5 million contract with the Detroit Lions, which included a $14.4 million signing bonus. 

Then the spiral.

Two broken collarbones in his first two seasons with the Lions, a pain-killer addiction, failed drug tests and an NFL suspensions for marijuana use left him one of the biggest busts in NFL history.

Fifteen years later, he was working at Uptown Motors, an auto repair shop off Palm Beach Boulevard in northeast Fort Myers, Florida.

In 2017, Rodgers returned to MSU and experienced a heartwarming homecoming, per the Lansing State Journal.

Two of his former coaches, Mark Dantonio and Ken Mannie, greeted him with a hug.

“It was a beautiful thing,” Rogers said, wiping away a tear. “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. 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.”

“They said, 'MSU is your home. You are always welcome.'”