Reggie Rogers, the former University of Washington All-American whose pro football career flamed out after he killed three teenagers in a DUI crash, has died.
A law enforcement official said they were called to 2761 E. Yesler Way at 12:47 p.m. for a man who was not breathing and apparently dead on the porch of a home. The official confirmed it was Rogers. Joyce Fuller, who lives on that street, said that she saw Rogers this morning when she was walking to get coffee.
“We passed each other this morning,” Fuller said. “He was just walking up the street.”Fuller said she later watched medics working on Rogers and overheard that he may have died of a heart attack.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is not releasing details.
Rogers , 49, was born Jan. 21, 1964, in Sacramento, Calif.
He had a stellar football career from 1984-86 at the UW, where he was an All-American while playing for the late Don James. He also played basketball at the UW for three seasons.
He was drafted in the first round by the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1987.
But during what should have been the pinnacle of his career, he ran a stop sign in Pontiac, Mich., on Oct. 20, 1988, and collided with another car, killing three teenagers. His blood-alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit and he was found guilty of negligent homicide and spent a year in prison.
After the Lions dropped him, he was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, but he played in only two games.
Since then, he has been arrested for a string of DUIs, assault and other criminal traffic violations. In December 2011, he was sentenced to a year in jail for his sixth conviction for drunken driving following an arrest in Tacoma.
Rogers was the younger brother of Don Rogers, an All-American safety at UCLA and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year with the Cleveland Browns, who died in 1986 at age 23 of a heart attack caused by cocaine overdose while Reggie was attending the UW.
Rogers’ children include Regina Rogers, an All-Pac-12 basketball center for the Huskies in 2012.
Rogers was arrested earlier this month on a domestic violence charge after police were called to his home on 15th Avenue South by his wife, who reported that Rogers had hit her.
Rogers’ wife said she was awoken by her husband who was yelling at a television, according to a police report. When she went to check on him, he accused her of “trying to kill him by asking him to stop drinking alcohol,” the report says.
Rogers’ wife told police he then ordered her to get him a beer from the garage, and grabbed her by the collar of her bathrobe, pulled her toward him and struck her on the top of her head with a small flashlight, according to the report. She told police that Rogers threw the flashlight at her when she went into the garage, the report says.
She then called police.
When he followed her to check on her, she ran across the street, police said.
Rogers pleaded not guilty to the charges at his first appearance in Seattle Municipal Court.