Don Rogers' life transcended football. His death spawned Congressional hearings that changed our nation's drug laws, doubled the nation's prison population almost overnight, and led to drug testing, not only in sports, but in the workplace. His death changed how professional sports leagues and colleges deal with agents, and even reached all the way to the Colombo Crime Family and the mob.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Sean Harvey interview MP3 from Sports Biz for ONE MOMENT CHANGES EVERYTHING

Sean Harvey interview MP3 from Sports Biz, where he discusses ONE MOMENT CHANGES EVERYTHING: The All-America Tragedy of Don Rogers

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Book Description

Born into poverty but blessed with stunning good looks, charisma, and unmatched athletic prowess, the Rogers siblings—Don, Reggie, and Jackie—illuminated Sacramento’s nightly skies throughout the 1980s. Their highlight-reel performances on area football fields and basketball courts garnered All-City, and later All-West Coast, All-Pac-10, and All-America honors.

The trio had the world at their feet.

Then, one moment—on June 27, 1986—changed our country and our way of life forever. Just one week after Len Bias’ fatal overdose, a single dose of cocaine killed Don Rogers, tearing his family apart at the seams and catalyzing an American public who demanded that the government attack the crack-cocaine epidemic, which Newsweek was calling, “the biggest story since Vietnam.”

Yet, as Don’ death sent seismic shocks throughout the nation, his family struggled to pick up the pieces after such epicentral devastation; and without Don’s guidance, the once indestructible Rogers family eroded into despair. After her brother died, Jackie Rogers—once the most promising female basketball player in California—turned her back on the hardwood forever. Then Reggie Rogers, without Don by his side, embarked upon a path of ill-fated decisions that would lead him to a hell ruled by his own personal demons.

Drug dealers, All-America athletes, crooked agents, the Mafia, racism, prison, a multibillion-dollar war, the changing face of a nation, and the love that kept one family together—One Moment Changes Everything examines a not-too-distant era when mainstream America and its star athletes, from coast to coast, were losing their careers, and their lives, to cocaine.

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

One Moment Changes Everything: The All-America Tragedy of Don Rogers

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Don Rogers was a three-sport phenomenon who energized a forgotten corner of the world (North Sacramento). He could run, jump and tackle better than anyone in California. A role model to children, he became both an honor student and a consensus All- American football player for UCLA, where he dominated two Rose Bowls and was a favorite of fans and sportswriters alike. Rogers went on to become a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns and was voted rookie of the year in 1984. Then it fell apart. Just one week after the overdose death of basketball star Len Bias, and only one day before his marriage to his college sweetheart, while in the upstairs bedroom of his mother’s home Rogers made the incomprehensible decision to use cocaine, and died just hours later. This All-American story is about a good man whose life transcended sports, and whose death continues to spur important debate about burden, love, addiction, responsibility, and what constitutes happiness in the material world.