Former Lions first-round pick Reggie Rogers found dead

Published On: Oct 25 2013 03:13:27 AM EDT
SEATTLE, Wash. -

Former Lions first-round pick Reggie Rogers was found dead in Seattle on Thursday, according to several reports.

Rogers was an All-American for the University of Washington and the Detroit Lions selected the defensive tackle with the seventh pick of the 1987 NFL Draft.

Rogers never lived up to the high expectations set for him on the field and ran into a long list of problems off the field.

He was found dead in Seattle on Thursday afternoon.

Rogers played football and basketball in Washington before entering the NFL in 1987.

He spent two seasons with the Lions.

Rogers killed three teens after running a stop sign in Pontiac, Mich. in Oct. 1988.

His blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

He was found guilty of negligent homicide and spent a year in jail.

He was back in the NFL in 1991 with the Buffalo Bills and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992.

Rogers ran into more trouble and was sentenced to a year in prison in December 2011 after his sixth drunk driving conviction.

Rogers was arrested again earlier this month on a domestic violence charge.

Reggie Rogers was 49 years old.


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