As cautionary tales go, the story of former Michigan State great Charles Rogers is epic.
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I was at the 1989 Gator Bowl when UGA played MSU and remember watching the way Andre Rison was absolutely unstoppable. However, Charles Rogers was even more dominating in college. Sad stories for both amazing athletes that is repeated far too often in pro sports.
We stopped him enough to win the game. Same with Manderich. VD’s last hurrah.
Mandarich destroyed Wycliffe Lovelace and Rison was unstoppable. Fortunately for us, we had Rodney Hampton who was absolutely amazing in that game for us. It was a really exciting game to watch and VD’s final as a HC.
Some may feel sorry for him. I’m not one of them.
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A good example of what does and doesn’t ultimately matter; thanks for sharing this story. Family, faith, and integrity last a lot longer than bling, money, and stuff. Athletic ability and health can be quite fleeting, while a good education and a meaningful degree take most of us through retirement. The NCAA is undermining its athletes, IMO, by not requiring anything of them academically.
Very well said sir…
Indeed, and the majority, if not vast majority of the degrees the ones who graduate do earn are pointless, with no value whatsoever in the real world.
The guy had more money, support, and resources that 99% of us could only dream of, yet he continued to make bad decision after bad decision — and we’re somehow supposed to feel sorry for him. BTW, he has no money, lives ‘in the slums’ with a friend, has 8 kids by 4 different women, works a menial at best part time job…yet is wearing $600 shorts and continues to do drugs. Looks like he hasn’t learned any lessons at all and continues to make the same bad decisions over and over again.
Well the cash certainly did not gather any dust, but sounds like he needed someone to help him prepare to be a man more than anything along the way.
Some very basic financial counseling from any semi-competent investment adviser could have gone a long way. He got 14 million guaranteed. Give the kid 4 million and tell him to have fun. Invest the 10 million conservatively and he could have lived nicely for the rest of his entire life while supporting those eight kids of his. Instead, he let his so called friends suck him dry. Sad. I have to agree though that while he does seem to have made a great deal of very positive progress he’s still making a lot of bad decisions. And as he laments that he doesn’t have anyone in his corner, he seems unaware that he’s literally living off his friend Mel’s’ largess.
Lots of kids like this minus the athletic ability and money.
21 year olds are known for astute decision making, right?
I remember watching him during his last season at MSU. He was one of the most under-rated all-time great WR’s, imo.
He was pretty much the best player on the field in every game and dominated whenever he wanted.
“It’s hot and it’s cold,” he said. “Sometimes you’re on top of the world and sometimes you’re not.” --Stetson Bennett, The Athletic, 9/11/21
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