Ex Lions Wide Receiver, Charles Rogers has passed away at the age of 38, after suffering from cancer and Liver disease.
Charles Rogers was selected by the Lions with the 2nd overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played three seasons in the NFL and finished with 36 receptions, 440 yards, and four touchdowns.
Rogers was a two-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State and a unanimous All-American in 2002 for The Spartans. He was also the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner in the same Season.
Rogers had been diagnosed with liver disease and cancer and was awaiting a liver transplant before he died, his former high school coaches told MLive.com, TMZ had reported.
“He had cancer, whether that was related to his liver I don’t know,” Rogers’ ex-Saginaw High basketball coach Marshall Thomas said.
“They had given him 30 days to live if he didn’t get a liver transplant.”
Rogers’ high school football coach Don Durrett added, “I called his mom at the hospital over the weekend and got a chance to talk to Charles. He said he was going to the Lord.”
TMZ also added that a report has it that the ex-NFL player had suffered a medical issue recently and was being treated at a medical facility last week.
Still not clear on the details surrounding Rogers’ condition but we’re told Charles’ mother was helping out with his care.
One person close to Rogers tells us they had spoken with him as recently as this weekend and told us they believed Rogers was “in good spirits,” the report added.