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

accidental.

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.