Former NFL Linebacker Dies in Car Accident

Former NFL linebacker Nick Rogers was killed in a single-vehicle car accident early Monday morning in College Park, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Fulton County medical examiner says Rogers' vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole.

A sixth-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002, Rogers led the Vikings in tackles during the pre-season before posting 43 tackles, including 5 for a loss, and a pair of quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games (11 starts) as a rookie. Rogers totaled 26 tackles the following season, but he was released at the end of the 2004 pre-season.

In 2004, Rogers totaled 10 tackles in 11 games with the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers, and made one tackle in three games for the 2005 Miami Dolphins. Rogers played for the Colorado Crush of the Arena League in 2008.

According to the AJC report, Rogers had opened a barbershop and had been remodeling homes with his father. Less than a month ago, Rogers married his high school sweetheart, Kia Jackson-Rogers.

My condolences to Kia and Rogers' family and friends.

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