The Michigan State Spartans have announced plans to honor the late Charles Rogers with an induction into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame:
— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) September 24, 2021
The Saginaw native played college football for the Spartans and earned himself unanimous All-America honors, and was viewed as one of the top college wide receivers in the country.
While with Michigan State, Rogers amassed 135 receptions for 2,821 yards and also set the school record with 27 touchdowns. He finished his NFL career with 36 receptions for a total of 440 yards and four touchdowns.
He was selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft and would sign a $39.5 million contract with the team, but injuries and off-field problems would plague his career. He suffered two broken collarbones in his first two years; he would also be suspended by the team for failing drug tests.