The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate a vested interest in the game of football through leadership, scholarship and citizenship. The award is part of how the foundation supports its mission of “building leaders through football” by recognizing athletes, coaches and individuals who have influenced the game.
“Such an elite group of individuals makes the decision as to whom receives the award, and to be selected out of a well-known group is extremely special to me,” Rogers said.
Rogers is a UT alumnus who received his master’s degree in school and public health and his doctorate in biomechanics and anatomy.
As an undergraduate, Rogers attended Ashland University, where he played football from 1968 to 1971. He went on to serve as an assistant and head football coach at Bowsher High School from 1975 to 1980.
He has been the liaison to sports medicine at UT for three years.
“I am blessed to be in this position,” Rogers said. “It contains an administrative component as well as being able to work in athletics with players and coaches.”
Rogers said he enjoys working with athletes who are recovering from an injury to help get them back on the field to play hard and successfully.
The Distinguished Citizen Award was presented at a March ceremony in Stranahan Theater with about 700 guests in attendance. The speaker for the event was former Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel.
The event also showcased 35 football scholar-athletes for their excellence in the classroom and graduating with 3.75 GPAs. And Rockets Quarterback Alex Pettee was recognized with a graduate school award.