Charles Rogers Smoked Pot Every Day, Got Hooked on Pain Pills With Lions
Asked by ESPN's Jemele Hill how often he used marijuana, Rogers said, "Regularly. Regularly. ... Yeah. I blew every day. I blew every day. You know, I was doing something wrong. You can't smoke in the league, so I was wrong."
Video of the interview is after the jump.
Rogers seems to suggest in the interview that prescription pills he took to deal with pain after he broke his collarbone for the second time were an even bigger problem. As a Lion, Rogers served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and he has been in drug-related trouble with the law since his playing career ended as well. Rogers was scrutinized by NFL teams even before he was drafted after he reportedly tested positive for a masking agent at the NFL scouting combine.
But that didn't stop Lions President Matt Millen from using the second pick in the draft on Rogers, who had starred at Michigan State. Millen appears in the interview, too, saying that he noticed something different with Rogers, and implying that drugs were the reason.
"He was average," Millen said. "Something clearly was wrong. He looked like a different guy."
For Millen to describe Rogers as "average" is yet another example of the former Lions front office boss sugarcoating his tenure with the team: Rogers, who caught only 36 passes in his career, was far below average.
But Millen's comments aside, this short excerpt of Hill's profile is an interesting look at why Rogers became one of the biggest busts in NFL history. The full profile, which will air on the August 16 Outside the Lines, will be worth watching.
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