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Rodney Rogers Paralyzed in 4-Wheeler Accident Near Hometown

Dec 4, 2008 – 12:37 PM
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Will Brinson

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Rodney Rogers' NBA career probably didn't pan out like anyone who watched him at Wake Forest thought it would; for those of us who grew up in his heyday as a Demon Deacon, he was legendary for his all-around game and ridiculous upper torso that allowed him to play almost any spot on the floor.

And now, sadly, Rogers, according to the News and Observer, is paralyzed from the shoulders down after a recent four wheeling accident near Raleigh.
Dave Odom, Rogers' coach when Rogers was an All-America basketball player at Wake Forest University, said Wednesday that his former star is paralyzed from the shoulders down. Rogers, 37, was recently transferred from Duke Hospital to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The center's mission is to help people who have experienced a catastrophic injury.

"Say a prayer for Rodney and his family,'' Odom said.
And, as noted by the N&O article, this isn't just a loss for Rogers and his family, it's a loss for the city of Durham and fans of the former Deac everywhere; Rogers was considered one of the most charitable members of the city and, more or less, a hero to many of its citizens.

Oddly enough, despite being "financially set", Rogers went to work for Durham's Public Works Department, managing/driving many of their larger trucks ... just because he wanted a challenging day job. In other words, this is one of those tragedies that won't ever make sense or have any air of rationality about it. Like Odom said, thoughts and prayers are with Rodney and his family, knowing that the only sliver of a silver lining is that Rogers will find a way to benefit the community and other people through his suffering.
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