Former Michigan State University and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has reportedly died at the age of 38, according to the Associated Press.
Rogers’ mother reportedly confirmed the former college football star’s death to the Associated Press on Monday.
Marshall Thomas, Rogers’ former basketball coach at Saginaw High School in Michigan, told MLive.com that Rogers died due to liver failure and also had cancer, but that has not been confirmed.
At Michigan State, Rogers had 135 receptions for 2,821 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons.
He was then drafted by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He scored twice in his NFL debut, but broke his collarbone, an injury that would reoccur again the next year.
Rogers then failed a drug test in 2005 and was cut entering the next season. He was arrested in 2008 in suburban Detroit and charged with assault and battery involving his fiancee.