Former UW Football Player Sentenced to 1 Year for DUI

Reggie Rogers, a former Washington football standout and NFL defensive lineman, has been given another year in jail for his sixth conviction for drunken driving. Rogers was arrested in November at Highway 509 and Port of Tacoma Road in Tacoma.

Rogers, 45, will begin serving his latest sentence out of Tacoma in January, after he finishes the remainder of a two-year sentence for a 2009 conviction in Burien.

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Verhey ordered Rogers to report to jail on Jan. 3. Verhey, however, set a hearing for Nov. 16 to hear evidence that jail could aggravate a back injury for which Rogers recently underwent spinal surgery.

Rogers was a defensive lineman and college basketball player at Washington. In football, he was a consensus All-American and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10’s top defensive lineman. He was drafted in the first round by the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1987.

The following year, Rogers failed to stop at a red light while driving drunk in Pontiac, Mich., colliding at nearly 60 mph with another car and killing three teenage boys. He was convicted of negligent homicide and spent a year in prison.

Robert Willett, the father of the 18-year-old driver killed by Rogers in 1988, said Friday he thought the judge’s sentence was too lenient, and thinks Rogers should be behind bars, back problem or no.

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