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Not to be confused with Charles Rogers (American football coach), a college football head coach. For others with the same name, see Charles Rogers.
Charles Rogers
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: May 23, 1981 (1981-05-23) (age 28)
Place of birth: Saginaw, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 2003 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 2005 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Charles Rogers (born May 23, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions second overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan State. He is tied with Tony Mandarich as the second highest drafted Michigan State player ever (behind Bubba Smith).


High School Years

Rogers attended Saginaw High School and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a three-time All-State honoree.

College career

Later, Rogers attended Michigan State, where he broke many receiving records. The winner of the 2002 Biletnikoff Award, Rogers still holds the school records for most TDs in a career with 27, breaking the record held by former Spartans WR (and later MLB All-Star) Kirk Gibson and the school record for most receiving yards in a single game with 270. He broke Randy Moss's NCAA record of 13 straight games with a touchdown catch.

Professional career

Having been compared to Randy Moss,[1] Rogers was drafted second overall after Carson Palmer in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Rogers caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns during his first five games of the 2003 season, before breaking his collarbone while practicing a speed drill with Dré Bly, leaving him out for the season. He was expected to come back and have a big year. However, in the third play of the 2004 season against the Chicago Bears, Rogers suffered another broken collarbone, and was once again out for the season.

During the 2005 season, Rogers was suspended 4 games for a third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. As a result of this violation, the Lions filed a grievance, claiming that his drug suspension violated a clause in his contract, which would mean Rogers would be obligated to return $10 million of the $14.2 million the Lions gave him in bonuses. The Detroit Free Press would later report that Rogers failed drug tests each year while at Michigan State. Citing Lions chief operating officer Tom Lewand, a report Oct. 9, 2008 stated that Rogers must repay the team around $8.5 million.[2] Upon his return from suspension, despite the fact that Rogers was deemed healthy, he played only nine games, with three starts, and was declared inactive for four games. He caught 14 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown.

On September 2, 2006, Rogers was released by the Lions. Newly hired head coach Rod Marinelli didn't think Rogers' work ethic was a match for the team. After releasing him, Marinelli said, "We picked the men that are right for this football team. It's behind us."[3]

After his release, Rogers worked out for the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006, all of whom passed. Reportedly, Rogers worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs in January 2007 and flopped the workout by running a 40-time of 4.65, which was a decline from the 4.28 that he ran at his pro day four years prior (he did not run at the scouting combine).

Though it was reported that Rogers had signed with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers[4], as of December 20, 2009 he was not listed on the team's official roster.[5]

Personal Life and Legal Issues

Rogers has fathered 5 children, two of which were born before he graduated from high school.[6]

He was arrested in September 2008 and charged with assault and battery of a female acquaintance and the charges were later dropped. In December 2008, Rogers was sentenced to attend sobriety court or face jail time after violating his probation. He tested positive for Vicodin. In March 2009, Rogers was jailed for violating probation.[7] On September 16, 2009, Rogers was arrested in Novi, MI for driving under the influence of alcohol after being found unresponsive behind the wheel of his car by police.[8] Rogers was arrested again in Novi, MI on January 5, 2010, having passed out after drinking, which was a violation of a sobriety court order,[9] and subsequently setenced to a 93-day jail term.[10]

In August 2009, in an interview with ESPN's Jamielle Hill, Rogers said he "blew everyday" and smoked marijuana regularly. He also said he was just "really smokin'" and that was what led to his downfall in the NFL.


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