Rogers is Michigan State's all-time leader in touchdowns with 27, and he's third in school history with 2,281 receiving yards. He won the 2002 Biletnikoff Award, awarded to the best receiver in college football, after catching 68 passes for 1,351 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.
"Charles Rogers is a gifted young man," Spartan wide receivers coach Don Treadwell said in a statement. "He had the overall package as a premiere wide receiver with size, speed and range, leading an amazing competitive spirit, but he was humble on the field. It was a privilege to be with him. He was a great Spartan warrior. which will be deeply missed. "
Detroit Lions selected with No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Rogers never realized his full potential as he battled injuries and substance abuse issues during his brief stint in the NFL.
By 2006, Rogers was cut off by the Lions and never played again in the NFL.
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Rogers. From Saginaw, to East Lansing, to Detroit, Charles' connection to the state of Michigan and its football community has been felt by many during his lifetime. We extend our heartfelt condolences and gratitude to his friends and family at this time, "the Detroit Lions said in a statement.