Charles Rogers, a former Saginaw High and Michigan State star has died. He passed away on Monday, according to Saginaw High Coaches.
Charles Rogers cause of death has been pointed to cancer and liver failure.
“I called his mom at the hospital over the weekend and got a chance to talk to Charles,” former Saginaw High football coach Don Durrett said. “He said he was going to the Lord.”
According to Durrett and former Saginaw High basketball coach and athletic director Marshall Thomas, Rogers also battled cancer.
“He had cancer, whether that was related to his liver I don’t know,” former Saginaw High basketball coach and athletic director Marshall Thomas said. “They had given him 30 days to live if he didn’t get a liver transplant.”
Charles died at the age of 38. He starred at Saginaw High in football, basketball and track, leading the Trojans to a football state championship and adding an individual track state championship. He played at Michigan State, claiming the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in college football, and the Detroit Lions selected him with the second overall pick in the 2003.