Charles Rogers: Former Detroit Lions receiver dies at 38, teammates say

Charles Rogers: Former Detroit Lions receiver dies at 38, teammates say

Charles Rogers: Former Detroit Lions receiver dies at 38, teammates say

"We send our condolences to his family, friends and former teammates during this hard time", Michigan State said in a statement posted to Twitter.

"Devastated to learn of the passing of my spartan brother Charles Rodgers", Baker said. Spoke along with his mother this early morning. Please pray for her and his small children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Charles Rogers during this most hard time.

U.S. media reports gave no indication of Rogers' cause of death.

2 overall by the Lions in 2003, the National Football League career of Charles Rogers would be labeled a bust.

Rogers' rookie campaign got off to a good start, as he caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns over his first five games, but a broken collarbone ended his season.

Rogers was reportedly dealing with serious medical issues leading up to his death and was treated at a medical facility just last week, according to TMZ Sports. "They had given him 30 days to live if he didn't get a liver transplant". Rogers also had to return $6.1 million of his $9.1 million signing bonus to the Lions, as violation of the league's substance abuse policy was ruled to have breached his contract.

His teammate, Chris Baker, tweeted out condolences to Rogers' family.

Though he played just two seasons for the Spartans, his 27 touchdown receptions are still the highest mark in school history, while he ranks No. 3 in career receiving yards. He was a 2002 All-American and won the Biletnikoff Award given to college football's top receiver. "We're talking about basketball, football and track together".

'He could have had a scholarship in all three sports.

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