(07/24/12) - Former Detroit Lions wide receiver, Charles Rogers, believes a Saginaw County judge has helped save his life.
The troubled former Saginaw High standout and Michigan State Spartan was back in court Tuesday.
But while his trial was postponed, he says he is in the process of turning his life around.
Rogers' trial on five misdemeanor charges was postponed, but that's not why Rogers was thankful as he was leaving the courtroom. He's happy because he says his life is getting back on track, and he has someone to thank.
"I'm doing good. I would like to thank the Judge, Mr. Frank, for giving me another opportunity, not even that, just for saving my life basically, I appreciate and thank him," Rogers said.
District Court Judge A-T Frank sent Rogers for alcohol rehabilitation treatment last month because of the way Rogers was showing up at court for past proceedings, if he showed up at all.
"He saved my life for putting me in the right situation that I needed to be, you know, and that's how he saved my life," Rogers said.
Rogers is accused of threatening his mother back in March, and his uncle Ronnie Rogers, is a co-defendant in that case. Rogers faces other charges for possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in a car from an arrest in Saginaw in December, on top of his past arrests for drug and alcohol problems.
"The situation, was for me to go get help, for me to get treatment, for me to get back straight, and you know, and get back some of that, get some of those good morals back," Rogers said.
He says he is now doing that and plans on turning his life around. He was the number two pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Lions. Those days - along with a multi-million dollar contract - are long gone, but he now says, at the age of 30, he's ready to start the next chapter in his life.
"At the end of the day, I'm a good guy. I've got a good heart, a lot of the things I did, I did to myself," Rogers said.
Rogers still has to worry about the trial. A date for that has not been set.
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