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Former Spartans star Rogers dies

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Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers died at the age of 38.

A woman who identified herself as Cathy Rogers, his mother, confirmed the death Monday in a phone call from The Associated Press. Other details were not immediatel­y known. Marshall Thomas, Rogers’ former basketball coach at Saginaw High School in Michigan, told Mlive.com that Rogers died Monday of liver failure and also had cancer.

At Michigan State, Rogers was an All-american wide receiver who had 135 receptions for 2,821 yards in two seasons. He was college football’s top receiver in 2002 and the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft.

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