LANSING, Mich. — Former MSU football player Charles Rogers has died.
The Saginaw native was 38 years old. Rogers was the number 2 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Rogers was signed to a $40 million contract with the Detroit Lions.
He had two broken collar bones in his first two seasons with the team. During 2005, he was suspended from the team for a third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. In 2006, Rogers was released from the Lions.
He has struggled with addiction throughout his career from pain killers to marijuana. He played for Michigan State University from 2000 to 2002 where he broke numerous receiving records.
He also holds school records for most touchdowns in a career with 27. There is no official word of what led to his death, however, there are reports Rogers was in hospice due organ failure.
Rogers former Spartan team mate Chris Baker tweeted "Devastated to learn the passing of my spartan brother Charles Rodgers. 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."
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