Allen Park, Mich. – Former Lions Head Coach Darryl Rogers passed away Wednesday at the age of 84, the Rogers family confirmed today.
STATEMENT FROM LIONS OWNER AND CHAIRMAN MARTHA FIRESTONE FORD
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl. On behalf of me, my family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to his wife, Marsha, and the Rogers family."
Rogers coached the Lions from 1985-87 and 11 games in 1988 following a successful 20-year career in the college ranks, including four years as the head coach at Michigan State University (1976-79).
Following his time as a player at Fresno State in the 1950s, Rogers returned to coach at his alma mater from 1966-72. He was recently named to the National Football Foundation's 2019 (Football Bowl Subdivision) ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, which will be announced in January 2019.
Rogers is survived by his wife, Marsha, and daughters, Stacy and Jamie.