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George Rogers Highlight video
George Rogers Highlight video
Published: 2007/03/17
Channel: Harden Alderman
George Rogers: South Carolina Legend
George Rogers: South Carolina Legend
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: South Carolina Gamecocks
USC Gamecocks George Rogers ~ NFL Rookie of the Year ~ New Orleans Saints Hilites
USC Gamecocks George Rogers ~ NFL Rookie of the Year ~ New Orleans Saints Hilites
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: mrhistorysc
George Rogers ~ 1981 NFL Rushing Leader ~ New Orleans Saints ~ USC Gamecocks
George Rogers ~ 1981 NFL Rushing Leader ~ New Orleans Saints ~ USC Gamecocks
Published: 2015/09/08
Channel: mrhistorysc
Classical Tailback - George Rogers South Carolina Highlights
Classical Tailback - George Rogers South Carolina Highlights
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: PockyCandy
Running to Greatness: The George Rogers Story
Running to Greatness: The George Rogers Story
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: South Carolina Gamecocks
HENRY CLAY VS GEORGE ROGERS CLARK  FOOTBALL
HENRY CLAY VS GEORGE ROGERS CLARK FOOTBALL
Published: 2012/09/16
Channel: WGSPHOTOGRAPHY
George Rogers - 1979 AP All American Team - Bob Hope Special
George Rogers - 1979 AP All American Team - Bob Hope Special
Published: 2012/05/09
Channel: PeeCock78
George Rogers South Carolina vs. Clemson
George Rogers South Carolina vs. Clemson
Published: 2015/11/30
Channel: WACH FOX
George Rogers ~ Trick Play 59 Yard Touchdown ~ New Orleans Saints Hilites ~ USC Gamecocks
George Rogers ~ Trick Play 59 Yard Touchdown ~ New Orleans Saints Hilites ~ USC Gamecocks
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: mrhistorysc
1980 Clemson vs South Carolina Football Game
1980 Clemson vs South Carolina Football Game
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: Sop Ibaga
Nissan Heisman House -Backyard Football
Nissan Heisman House -Backyard Football
Published: 2014/09/03
Channel: The Razzari Auto Centers
Rogers sets record Redskins Sun  85 0001
Rogers sets record Redskins Sun 85 0001
Published: 2013/01/04
Channel: Travis Bickel
George Rogers 1980 AP All American Team - Bob Hope Special
George Rogers 1980 AP All American Team - Bob Hope Special
Published: 2012/05/09
Channel: PeeCock78
HD- Andrew Luck throws 70 yard bomb at pro day! (High)
HD- Andrew Luck throws 70 yard bomb at pro day! (High)
Published: 2012/03/23
Channel: tinachang115
Ride For My Team (Forever to Thee) starring Marcus Lattimore, George Rogers & Darius Rucker
Ride For My Team (Forever to Thee) starring Marcus Lattimore, George Rogers & Darius Rucker
Published: 2013/08/22
Channel: dinobrite
Inside the Process of the George Rogers Statue
Inside the Process of the George Rogers Statue
Published: 2015/09/14
Channel: South Carolina Gamecocks
USC Gamecocks ~ George Rogers ~ Keep our Eyes on Mr. Rogers ~ ACC? What was he thinking?
USC Gamecocks ~ George Rogers ~ Keep our Eyes on Mr. Rogers ~ ACC? What was he thinking?
Published: 2015/09/08
Channel: mrhistorysc
Madison Central High School vs George Rogers Clark  October 21, 2016
Madison Central High School vs George Rogers Clark October 21, 2016
Published: 2016/10/22
Channel: RosanbalmCommunicate
Gamecocks
Gamecocks' Greatest- George Rogers
Published: 2010/12/01
Channel: rlmelco
Herschel Walker and Georgia Take Down South Carolina Heisman Winner George Rogers
Herschel Walker and Georgia Take Down South Carolina Heisman Winner George Rogers
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: UGA Vault
Tates Creek Freshman Football vs (George Rogers Clark HS) 10/12/15
Tates Creek Freshman Football vs (George Rogers Clark HS) 10/12/15
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: Corey Barnett
George Rogers ~ New Orleans Saints HOF ~ 1992 Report ~ USC Gamecocks
George Rogers ~ New Orleans Saints HOF ~ 1992 Report ~ USC Gamecocks
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: mrhistorysc
Saints vs Jets 1983 Monday Night 2nd-half
Saints vs Jets 1983 Monday Night 2nd-half
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Classic New Orleans TV
Bob Hope Christmas Special 1978 All-American Football Team
Bob Hope Christmas Special 1978 All-American Football Team
Published: 2014/08/06
Channel: Jeff Nixon
George Rogers on Herschel Walker
George Rogers on Herschel Walker
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Al Rawls
George Rogers
George Rogers
Published: 2014/06/23
Channel: The State Newspaper
30 years after winning the Heisman, George Rogers looks back
30 years after winning the Heisman, George Rogers looks back
Published: 2010/12/03
Channel: rlmelco
Chris Paul & Aaron Rodgers Edition | Dude Perfect
Chris Paul & Aaron Rodgers Edition | Dude Perfect
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: Dude Perfect
Top 10 Rookie Running Back Seasons | #TopTenTuesdays | NFL
Top 10 Rookie Running Back Seasons | #TopTenTuesdays | NFL
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: NFL
George Rogers Clark vs Montgomery County - 2008 Highlight
George Rogers Clark vs Montgomery County - 2008 Highlight
Published: 2008/08/31
Channel: Leon Davis
1994 AP College Football All-American Team
1994 AP College Football All-American Team
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: dmgzzy
1980 Heisman Winner George Rogers gets leveled by Craig Roberts
1980 Heisman Winner George Rogers gets leveled by Craig Roberts
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: Fans of Craig Roberts
On this day in Saints history-April 26th, 1985-Rogers sent to Washington
On this day in Saints history-April 26th, 1985-Rogers sent to Washington
Published: 2016/05/08
Channel: TaylorLumber
Heisman Trophy Winners Youth Football Camp
Heisman Trophy Winners Youth Football Camp
Published: 2013/04/28
Channel: J Schaffer
BRYAN STATION VS GEORGE ROGERS CLARK AT CLARK
BRYAN STATION VS GEORGE ROGERS CLARK AT CLARK
Published: 2012/09/09
Channel: WGSPHOTOGRAPHY
Nissan Heisman House | Outtakes
Nissan Heisman House | Outtakes
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Nissan USA
1991 KHSAA 4-A Title Game
1991 KHSAA 4-A Title Game
Published: 2012/11/15
Channel: Graham Johns
Justin Harris #6 Junior 2010 Highlights
Justin Harris #6 Junior 2010 Highlights
Published: 2011/02/19
Channel: bopperstenzel
1981 High School All American Football Team
1981 High School All American Football Team
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: balldlocks
George Rogers Clark vs Madison Central
George Rogers Clark vs Madison Central
Published: 2008/09/27
Channel: Leon Davis
George Rogers Crowd Funding Project
George Rogers Crowd Funding Project
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: Will DeLorenzo
Scott County Cardinals Football Coach
Scott County Cardinals Football Coach's Show | S1E5 | News-Graphic
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Georgetown News-Graphic
1988 Clemson Football
1988 Clemson Football '88 with Danny Ford
Published: 2016/03/19
Channel: Sop Ibaga
South Carolina College Football Hall of Fame Inaugural Class
South Carolina College Football Hall of Fame Inaugural Class
Published: 2013/03/24
Channel: Dodd Sports Network
Mykal Barnes Tribute
Mykal Barnes Tribute
Published: 2010/08/26
Channel: Corey Gensler
South Carolina vs ECU Highlights 2012
South Carolina vs ECU Highlights 2012
Published: 2012/09/09
Channel: Drew
Bob Hope 1976   Larry Seivers   All America Team
Bob Hope 1976 Larry Seivers All America Team
Published: 2016/02/22
Channel: Allen Spain
South Carolina vs NC State - 2017 Matchup
South Carolina vs NC State - 2017 Matchup
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Kyle Anderson
Ben Lawler, QB - Sep 23, 2011 GRC Game Film
Ben Lawler, QB - Sep 23, 2011 GRC Game Film
Published: 2011/11/06
Channel: 2rah395
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George Rogers
No. 38
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-12-08) December 8, 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth: Duluth, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Duluth (GA)
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 7,176
Average: 4.2
Rushing touchdowns: 54
Player stats at NFL.com

George Washington Rogers (born December 8, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s. Rogers played college football for the University of South Carolina, earned All-America honors, and won the 1980 Heisman Trophy. He was the first overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins of the NFL. As a professional, Rogers rushed for over 7,000 yards.

College career[edit]

Rogers was highly recruited out of high school, and decided to attend the University of South Carolina when coach Jim Carlen told him that he could play in his freshman year. Due to his large size, he seemed destined to play fullback rather than tailback. However, the Gamecocks had two running backs who graduated at the same time, so he began his college career as the starting tailback midway through his freshman season.

Rogers rushed for 1,006 yards (playing in only eight games) during his sophomore year, despite splitting time with fellow sophomore Johnnie Wright. In Rogers' junior campaign, he had 1,681 rushing yards. After that season, he was given first-team All-America honors by the Associated Press and Newspaper Enterprise Association,[1][2] and second-team honors from United Press International.[3] He finished seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

In 1980, the stage was set when the Gamecocks returned plenty of talent, which was headlined by senior and Heisman candidate Rogers. South Carolina finished the season with an 8–3 record. Rogers' 1,781 rushing yards was the best in the nation and earned him a spot as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

The Downtown Athletic Club in New York City named Rogers as the winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy. Rogers beat out an impressive group of players, including Pittsburgh defensive lineman Hugh Green and Georgia running back Herschel Walker. Rogers also earned spots on eight All-America teams, all first-team honors.

Rogers had his number 38 retired during halftime ceremonies at South Carolina's final 1980 home game. He was the first University of South Carolina player to have his jersey retired while still active at the school.

Rogers left the Gamecocks football program as its most successful running back, and many of his records remain after all these years. His 5,204 yards is still the highest career total by any Gamecock running back, and his 31 rushing touchdowns is tied with Harold Green for second. He is second on the all-time points scored list, with 202. He also gained more than 100 yards in each of his final 22 college games.

Professional career[edit]

In the 1981 NFL Draft the New Orleans Saints selected Rogers with the first pick overall (one pick before the New York Giants selected Lawrence Taylor). He was the first of five Heisman Trophy winners selected by the Saints (Danny Wuerffel in 1997, Ricky Williams in 1999, Reggie Bush in 2006 and Mark Ingram Jr. in 2011 were the other four).

In his first season, Rogers led the league in rushing with 1,674 yards, which set a record for rookies and is still the single season record for the Saints. He earned a trip to the Pro Bowl and was selected as the NFL Rookie of the Year.[4]

Rogers spent his first four seasons in New Orleans. He played alongside quarterback Archie Manning in 1981 and eventually running back Earl Campbell, who was brought in during the 1984 season.[5]

Rogers played three more seasons, all for the Washington Redskins. When he arrived in Washington, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back John Riggins was ending his professional career, while coach Joe Gibbs was trying to rebuild the team after the retirement of Riggins and quarterback Joe Theismann.[6] Rogers had some of his biggest professional success in Washington, including a Super Bowl title in 1987, defeating the Denver Broncos, 42–10, in Super Bowl XXII. Rogers retired due to nagging injuries after the 1987 season,[7] ending his professional career with the Super Bowl victory. When he left the NFL, Rogers had rushed for 7,176 yards with 54 touchdowns in seven seasons. Rogers ranks second all time to Eric Dickerson on the single season rookie rushing yards record with 1,674 yards.

Drug arrests[edit]

Following his rookie season with the Saints, Rogers testified to a federal grand jury during an investigation into trafficking by another Saints player, that he along with other teammates had purchased and used cocaine during his rookie season with the Saints in 1981. He claimed to have spent more than $10,000 on cocaine during the season.[8] He checked himself into a drug treatment center for cocaine addiction in 1982. Rogers claimed after a clean urine test in July 1982 while still in rehab, that he had stopped using the drug.[citation needed] In April 1990, George Rogers was arrested along with two other men in Columbia, South Carolina. All three were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of marijuana.[9] All were released after posting $5,000 bonds. Since then, he appears to have overcome those problems and works at his alma mater in public relations and fund-raising and speaks out against the drug culture.[citation needed]

Other honors[edit]

In 1992, Rogers was named to the All-Century Team at University of South Carolina. He holds memberships in the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. In 1997, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Also, the road that runs along the north end of Williams-Brice Stadium was renamed in his honor and is now known as George Rogers Boulevard. A statue of Rogers was erected on the boulevard in 2015.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern Cal star White repeats as All-America". The Pantagraph. December 5, 1979. p. B4. 
  2. ^ "NEA's 1979 All-America football team". The Daily News (Huntingdon, PA). November 27, 1979. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "UPI All-America: Trojans Grab 3 Berths". The Daily News (Huntingdon). December 4, 1979. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Lowitt, Bruce (January 7, 1982). "Saints' Rogers Named Top Rookie on Offense". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. p. 27. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Campbell gives Saints deluxe backfield". The Free Lance-Star. Associated Press. October 10, 1984. p. 6. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ "'Skins hope hot streak continues". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. November 25, 1986. p. 50. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ Florio, Mike (November 5, 2009). "George Rogers feels the pain of a football career". Profootballtalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "George Rogers bought cocaine -- newspaper reports". United Press International. New Orleans. June 24, 1982. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Former Heisman winner Rogers surprise catch in drug raid". United Press International. Columbia, South Carolina. April 10, 1990. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Cloninger, David (June 25, 2015). "Four bronze plaques will grace the George Rogers statue". The State. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 

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