"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Rogers", a statement from the Lions reads.
The Lions selected Rogers with the No. 2 pick, the earliest a wide receiver had been drafted this century before it was matched by Calvin Johnson, another Lions selection, in 2007.
Don Durrett, Rogers' former coach at Saginaw High School in MI, also told the Detroit Free Press that he hard from several of his former players that Rogers had passed away overnight.
The following season, he broke his clavicle again - on just the 3rd play of the '04 season.
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During 2005, he was suspended from the team for a third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Rogers never played another National Football League game.
One of the greatest to ever don the Michigan State green and white, Charles Rogers has died. The Lions released him in 2006.
At Saginaw High, Rogers was a high school all-American in 1999, while at Michigan State, he set the Spartans' record with 27 career touchdown catches while setting an NCAA record with 13 consecutive games with a TD catch. In an ESPN article from 2009, Rogers said he was taking the highly addictive painkiller Vicodin and smoking marijuana daily after his career in the National Football League ended.
Rogers - who reportedly signed a $40 mil rookie contract with the Lions - is survived by 8 children. Rogers became known as a fragile player and a colossal bust.