Former Michigan football receiver and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers passed away at the age of 38.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Rogers," says a message published Monday by the Detroit Lions
"From Saginaw, to East Lansing, to Detroit, Charles's connection with Michigan and his the football community has been felt by many throughout his life. We offer our heartfelt condolences and condolences to his friends and family at this difficult time.
Rogers, the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, played three seasons with the Lions.
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The cause of Rodgers' death was known. According to his former Saginaw Rogers High School football coaches, he died of liver failure, MLive reported.
"I called his mother at the hospital over the weekend and got a chance to talk to Charles," said former Saginaw High School football coach Don Duret. "He said he was going to the Lord."
Rogers is also battling cancer, according to a news website, citing Duret and former Saginaw Gymnastics Club Marshall Thomas.
"He had cancer, whether it was related to his liver, I don't know," Thomas said. "He would have been given 30 days to live if he did not receive a liver transplant."
Rogers attended Saginaw High School in football, basketball and track, according to MLive, who added that he leads the Trojans to the state championship football. He also played for the Michigan State Spartans, claiming the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in college football.
Michigan State Football tweeted on Monday: "We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Charles Rogers. We send our condolences to his family, friends and former teammates during this difficult time. ”
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While in the States, Michigan, Rodgers, 27 13 consecutive closing games.
Former NFL tight end Chris Baker tweeted on Monday morning, "Devastated to learn about the passing of my Spartan [sic] brother, Charles Rogers. Talk to his mother this morning. Please pray for her and his children. "
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Plaxico Burress, a former NFL receiver who played at a college in Michigan, tweeted," Heartbroken, sad, it hurts this morning to I wake up and hear that my brother Charles Rogers is gone. Prayer for your family! Rest my brother. We love you! Rest in Chuck's paradise. ”