If there was any remaining doubt that Reggie Rogers should never be allowed to drive a car again, his latest drunk driving charge may have dispensed with it. The disgraced former University of Washington star, NFL bust and chronic inebriate racked up his sixth DUI charge in Tacoma on Friday, capping off a career most noted for a 1988 accident in which a blitzed Rogers crashed his car into another vehicle, killing three teenagers. His fourth and fifth DUIs got him two years in prison. We'll find out soon what an even half dozen is worth.
There are no reports of an accident and it appears Rogers was pulled over and arrested at the site.
Rogers is widely considered one of the NFL's biggest first round draft pick busts.
The All American defensive lineman and former UW basketball star came to the Detroit Lions with high expectations in 1987.
But a year later, after missing games and struggling with addiction, he forever changed his and several others' lives when he got plastered, ran a stop sign and crashed his car into another car, ending the lives of three teenagers in Pontiac, Mich.
He later tested at more than double the legal blood alcohol limit.
Amid a heap of controversy, Rogers escaped with only a year-long prison sentence.
After his release, he had brief stints with the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he quickly fizzled and dropped out of the league after the 1992 season.
Since coming back to Washington, Rogers has seemingly kept a laser-like focus on trying to break the all-time DUI arrest record. His numbers include the two other most recent incidents on Oct. 17 and Nov. 26 of 2008--both of which involved crashes on Interstate 5 and one in which he apparently tried to flee the scene and later claimed he wasn't drunk but having a seizure.
At his sentencing hearing for those cases, he reportedly tried to cite his past football glories as reason for leniency.
Per the Seattle Times:
"Stand on my back, like you did when I played college football and basketball when I carried this whole team, this whole state on my back," Rogers said. "I can do it again if I'm given the chance."
Between his time in bars, cars, courts and jails he's also helped to raise six children. And now that he's got a different DUI arrest story for each one, he seems more than ready to retire behind bars, where he can give the tales added emphasis by recounting them through a prison visitation phone.