Former UW football player Reggie Rogers dies at age 49

Oct 24, 2013, 4:01 PM | Updated: Oct 25, 2013, 7:40 am

Reggie Rogers was chosen seventh overall in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. (AP)


By Stephanie Klein

Former University of Washington football player Reggie Rogers was found dead at his Seattle home on Thursday.

KING-TV reports sources say Rogers, 49, may have died of a drug overdose. The Seattle Times reports neighbors overheard medics say it might have been a heart attack.

Rogers played defensive end at Washington from 1984-1986 under coach Don James.

Rogers was arrested earlier this month after his wife told police he hit her on the head with a flashlight in an argument about his drinking.

He has a history of six drunken driving convictions, including a crash in 1988 in Pontiac, Michigan that killed three teenagers.

A first-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 1987, Rogers returned to the NFL after a prison sentence for vehicular homicide, but was released in 1992 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Associated Press and’s Alyssa Kleven contributed to this report.

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