Finding Charles Rogers
He was once called the best player in college football. Now Rogers works at an auto repair shop on Florida's gulf coast.
Charles Rogers walked into the Michigan State University football building for the first time in 15 years on a cold cloudy day last November.
He’d been reluctant to return to the campus where he’d been a star, worried that the disappointments were all anybody would remember.
Without prompting from former MSU teammate TJ Duckett, he might not have come.
“I was facing my fear, bro,” Rogers said, skinny now, emphatically throwing his tattooed arms into the air.
But inside the Skandalaris Football Center that day, he and Duckett found themselves in front of a pillar encased in glass. Rogers’ photo was inside along with a replica of the 2002 Biletnikoff Trophy, given to the nation’s top wide receiver.