Former NBA player Rodney Rogers, who played college ball at Wake Forest, has been paralyzed from the shoulders down according to his former college coach Dave Odom.
Former NBA and college basketball star Rodney Rogers is paralyzed as the result of an all-terrain vehicle accident, his college coach told the News & Observer of Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Dave Odom, who coached Rogers when he earned All-America honors at Wake Forest and was the 1993 ACC Player of the Year, said Wednesday that his former star is paralyzed from the shoulders down, according to the report.
“Say a prayer for Rodney and his family,” Odom said, according to the newspaper.
Rogers, 37, who had a 12-year NBA career and won the league’s Sixth Man Award in 1999-2000, was riding in the woods in rural Vance County, N.C., last week when he fell off the vehicle, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the newspaper reported. He was recently transferred from Duke Hospital to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which specializes in rehabilitation for people with catastrophic injuries.
Rogers was an All-American and ACC Conference Player of the Year at Wake Forrest in 1993.Â He played 12 NBA seasons for several NBA teams averaging double figures for his career.
Rogers, who is financially set for life, had been worked for the city of Durham DWP because of his love for trucks and his strong work ethic.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rodney and his family.