- Don Rogers (American football)
June 27, 1986(age age|1962|9|17|1986|6|27)
Awards=1983 Rose Bowl MVP
Donald Lavert Rogers (
September 17, 1962- June 27, 1986) was an American footballSafety for the Cleveland Brownsin the National Football League.
Don was born in
Texarkana, Arkansas. He attended UCLA and played college footballfor the Bruins. His brother was Reggie Rogers, who also played in the NFL. Don was the co-player of the game in the 1983 Rose Bowlfor the UCLA Bruins. He also tied a Rose Bowl record in the 1984 Rose Bowlwhen he caught two interceptions from Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Jack Trudeau.
Don Rogers was selected in the first round with the 18th pick of the
1984 NFL Draftby the Cleveland Browns. He played two seasons with the Browns from 1984 to 1985, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year in his rookie season.
On a June day in 1986, while at his mother's home, Don felt searing pain, jumped on a bed and within hours he died. The cause of death was
cocainepoisoning. He died only eight days after Len Bias, an NBAdraft pick who also died of cocaine abuse, starting a national discussion about the relationship between drugs and athletes.
*cite book |last=Harvey |first=Sean D. |authorlink= |coauthors= |editor= |others= |title=One Moment Changes Everything: The All-America Tragedy of Don Rogers |origdate= |origyear=2007 |origmonth=October |url= |format= |accessdate= |accessyear= |accessmonth= |edition= |series= |volume= |date= |year= |month= |publisher=Sports Publishing, Inc. |location= |language= |isbn=1596702311 |oclc= |doi= |id= |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote= |ref=
* [http://www.blackathlete.net/artman/publish/article_02108.shtml Black Athlete article]
* [http://www.rosebowllegends.org/don-rogers.php Rose Bowl Legends: Don Rogers]
* [http://www.blackathlete.net/artman2/publish/Book_Reviews_13/One_Moment_Changes_Everything.shtml One Moment Changes Everything book review]
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