Thursday, December 4th, 2008 at 5:41 pm  |  41 responses

Rodney Rogers Paralyzed From Shoulders Down

“N.C. Highway Patrol said Rogers was four-wheeling in the woods in rural Vance County north of Raleigh when he fell off the vehicle. Dave Odom, Rogers’ coach when Rogers was an All-America basketball player at Wake Forest University, said Wednesday that his former star is paralyzed from the shoulders down.” (Via FanHouse)

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Prayers with him and his family. I’ll never forget this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhCy8q2p5Jw

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    that beyond sucks.

  • ciolkstar

    My heart goes out to him and his fam…I was a fan from his Nuggets(?) and Suns(?) days. He sounds like a great guy, outdoorsman, and hard worker (even after a long pro ball career)

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    That’s sad news. My prayers are with him and his family… :(

  • Grenner

    words can’t express…. all my thoughts are with you.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • thesubwayconnection

    Terrible news. I loved this guy’s game. Thoughts are with you, Rodney.

  • Keith

    Thoughts go out to Rodney and his family. That is a terrible situation.

  • http://www.bumpertunes.net Calvin Lotz

    Whoa. Life changing. =|

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never heard of Rodney Rodgers before. But anytime I hear stuff like this, my heart’s gotta go out to him. Life can certainly be a b*tch sometimes, and it’s horrible that it hast to be. My thoughts and prayers definitely go out to this guy

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    one day youre here, then youre gone…..some friends and i were riding atvs, we decided it would be fun to jump them off ramps. after doing that for a while, we made the ramps bigger and bigger….my last time on an atv went like this; i flew high off the ramp and the atv immediately went into a nose dive, my body flipped upwards, my hands still on the grips, my body aligned vertically. i flipped over the front of the atv, landed hard on the gravel on my side. instinctively, i put my foot on the grill of the large atv coming at me. it then pushed me, on my back, about 15 feet on the gravel…i popped right up, bleeding from my arms and back. however, there were no major injuries. I knew then i would never ride an atv. I had had all the fun you can have on one, had a crazy crash, and walked away…… i bet monta wishes he had a good story to tell, he was probably just cruising down his driveway when he blew up his ankle..

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    That’s sad news. One minute he was in the league then he just kinda wasn’t… I can’t remember who he played for last either. Think he was in that McDyess draft day deal, no?

  • Michael

    Wow thats really sad. Rodney Rogers was one of my favorite players growing, he didn’t really do anything but jack up threes but for some reason i liked the dude.

  • Jer Boi

    loved him when he was on the Nets those years..deadly from 3 pt range..it really sucks i hope he’ll be alright

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    My prayers go out to Rodney and his family and friends.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    so the verdict is he’s truly paralyzed and there’s no chance for him to recover? that’s seriously terrible news. from the article it sounds like he’s a really genuine person and truly wants to help others.
    and i just checked out TNT’s piece on Wayman Tisdale and losing his leg to cancer. nba (and sports) is where we escape reality, but life always catches up. maybe we really should take starbury’s advise and get caught up in life.

  • michelle

    OMG! My prayers are with him. How tragic.

  • http://celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    I’ll say a prayer for you tonight R2….

  • riggs

    cot damn one of my fav nets, dude always looked like he came out of a GQ cover, prayers are with him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    Terrible, terrible news. I’ll always remember him on the ’02 Celtics and being a part of the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history.

  • prophecy_projectz

    Sad news. I was wondering when SLAM was gonna report this cause it had been floating around the newswires since Saturday.
    He was a fantastic player for the Suns during there 99-00 run

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    I read somewhere (don’t remember where) that there’s an outside chance he could recover… hope that’s true.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @what: that’s what i’m hoping for too.
    @John D: i remember that too. i was rooting for Nets and was just dumbfounded when the game ended.
    anyway. ugh. too often bad things happen to good people.

  • Mark Z

    Terrible. Rodney was key member of the crazy Celtics Conference Finals team in ’02.


  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Stay strong, Rodney.


    im so sorry to hear that….god bless

  • Jacob

    damn, my thoughts and prayers are with you rodney STAY STRONG!!!!

  • jose

    unfortunately i dont know him.But my prayers go out to him snd his family. That definitely isn’t cool when it happens to anyone

  • jose

    Ryne:wow rogers was sumthin,wish i had known about him when he played

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627550406 KA

    i know this is going to sound insensitive…but 1st thing i thought was ‘at least it wasnt a scooter’. now i feel bad.

  • wcyohinign

    Prayers to you, Rodney.

  • doyouwantmore

    Ah geez. Pray for the guy and his family.

  • chintao

    I recall watching that guy when he was at Wake Forest. I always thought that he was going to be a beast in the NBA, because his physique was like the prototype for Dwight Howard. He wasn’t as good as I thought he would be, but he still stuck in the L for a good long time. This whole accident is just really unlucky and sad.

  • underdog

    Man, I don’t know what to say. I remember when he dropped 50 or someting around the millenium. My prayers go out to him and his family…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Prayers and condolences to him and his family.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    I don’t know the man but I feel bad for any baller who gets seriously injured. I’m so glad he’s still alive. I hope he can adjust to this. It’s so sad. I hope everybody in his community bands together to help, i hope wake forest helps, i hope the NBA helps…The man deserves it. basketball is a family sport.

  • pennydunk_1

    Check out the top 10 dunks of 95 on youtube. He is at number 3. One of my favorites when I was 10

  • airs

    oh my goodness that is horrible.

  • http://yahoo Faith

    Usally people do bad before they come to GOD…but you have always done good its in your nature, up bringing and heart. If God can turn it around for murderers,rapist,etc… HE most definitely hear your prayers. I THINK HE OWES YOU!!!!
    You will walk again in the name of Jesus…Amen.

  • spank

    I had a lot of thrills wit u bru & hoping 2 have more just can’t beleave it!!!! luv u man we prayin 4 u

  • robe

    im a sixers fan so i remember him from his short stint in philly…i know this happened a few months ago but i just heard about it. sad news, ill pray for him and wish him the best of luck in recovery