Death of former UW football star linked to cocaine
The death of former first-round NFL draft pick Reggie Rogers has
been linked to cocaine.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that
Rogers’ death in October was due to a combination of cocaine and
alcohol intoxication. Officials determined his death was
Rogers was a former star at the University of Washington and was
drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1987 ahead of Hall of Fame
defensive back Rod Woodson and quarterback Jim Harbaugh. His NFL
career stalled after he was sentenced to prison for a car crash
that killed three teenagers.
Rogers’ older brother followed a similar path from college
stardom to the NFL to tragedy. Don Rogers, who played two seasons
with the Cleveland Browns, died of a heart attack linked to drug
use in 1986.