Category Archives: Reggie Rogers

The Rogers Brothers – Triumph and Tragedy

(In the 1980s, the Rogers brothers, Donald and Reggie, and their sister, Jackie, were three of the most gifted young athletes in the world. Then their world disintegrated.) Triumph and Tragedy April 2005 Twenty-seven years ago this month I went to Norte Del Rio High School in North Sacramento and interviewed a sprinter named Roy […]

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Another Rogers Family Tragedy – Reggie Dies

A few minutes ago my girlfriend, who’s not a sports fan, tapped my office door and asked, “Do you know Reggie Rogers?” “I knew his brother, Donald, but didn’t really know Reggie,” I said. “Why?” I sensed what had happened, as did most who knew the story of the Rogers family. Reggie Rogers was dead […]

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A Book about the Rogers Family

Early this year I received an email from freelance writer Sean Harvey, who’d read my 2005 article about Donald Rogers, the college and pro football star and a champion in every sport he tried.  Of course, I told him.  I’d be delighted to reminisce about a man as memorable for personal appeal as his athletic […]

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Triumph and Tragedy

Twenty-seven years ago this month I went to Norte Del Rio High School in North Sacramento and interviewed a sprinter named Roy Mosley who’d just won two races at a large invitational meet.  As a visiting correspondent I received lots of attention from kids wanting to learn what I was doing and some, after watching […]

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