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Former Michigan football player Charles Rogers, 38, dies

Charles Rogers, a Michigan State football player who failed to bring his success into the National Football League, died Monday, according to media reports. He was 38 years old.

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Rogers' death was unclear, the Detroit Free Press reported.

However, Don Durrett, the high school football coach from Rogers at Saginaw High School in Michigan, said he had talked with Rogers over the weekend, reported MLive .

"I called her mother to the hospital this weekend and I had the opportunity to talk to Charles," Durrett told the website. "He said he was going to the Lord."

"He had cancer, whether it was related to his liver, I do not know," said to MLive the former Saginaw High coach and athletic director, Marshall Thomas. "They gave him 30 days to live if he had not had a liver transplant."

Rogers was the NFL draft pick in 2003 and first choice for the Detroit Lions. Rogers, who won the Biletnikoff Trophy in 2002 as the best receiver of college football, was also an American selection.

Rogers had 288 yards on 135 passes and 27 touchdowns in two seasons at Michigan State before qualifying for the NFL draft in 2003.

However, he has never beaten the Lions in three seasons, playing 15 games in three seasons and collecting four touchdown passes. Injuries and drug problems have stalled Rogers' career in the NFL, and Detroit released him before the 2006 season, Sports Illustrated said.

Rogers has played Saginaw High in football, basketball and track, reported MLive. He led his high school football team to a state title and also won a crown of state on track, reported the website.

Rogers moved to southwestern Florida several years ago and was working for an auto repair shop in Fort Myers in 2016, reported Fort Myers News-Press.

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