Duluth honors football hero

DULUTH -- Mayor Nancy Harris and the Duluth City Council recognized a hometown football hero on Monday by proclaiming March 8 George Rogers Day in the city in honor of the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner.

Harris presented the award-winning running back with a copy of the proclamation and one of several signs being erected at entrances to the city identifying Duluth as Rogers' hometown.

A group of residents had appeared before the council last fall requesting the city install the signs.

Rogers played football for Duluth High School and for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, where he won the Heisman.

After college, he played four seasons for the New Orleans Saints and three seasons for the Washington Redskins in the NFL until retiring due to injuries. He was a member of the Redskins when the team won the Super Bowl in 1988.

During his career with the NFL, Rogers rushed for 7,176 yards and 54 touchdowns.

In 1992, Rogers was named to the All-Century Team at South Carolina. He is a member of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Rogers credited Cecil Morris, now retired, who coached him at Duluth High School, for his success in football. Calling Morris up beside him, Rogers said, "What I am in football is because of this man."

Rogers is a football recruiter for USC.