Darryl Rogers

Darryl Dale Rogers (May 28, 1934 – July 10, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at California State College at Hayward—now known as California State University, East Bay (1965), California State University, Fresno (1966–1972), San Jose State University (1973–1975), Michigan State University (1976–1979), and Arizona State University (1980–1984), compiling a career college football record of 129–84–7. From 1985 to 1988, Rogers was the head coach of Detroit Lions the National Football League (NFL), tallying a mark of 18–40. In 1991, served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL), coaching the Blue Bombers to a 9–9 record and an appearance in the East Final.

Darryl Rogers
Rogers in 2010
Biographical details
Born(1934-05-28)May 28, 1934
Los Angeles, California
DiedJuly 10, 2018(2018-07-10) (aged 84)
Fresno, California
Playing career
1955–1956Fresno State
Position(s)Wide receiver, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961–1964Fresno CC (DB)
1965Cal State Hayward
1966–1972Fresno State
1973–1975San Jose State
1976–1979Michigan State
1980–1984Arizona State
1985–1988Detroit Lions
1991Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Head coaching record
Overall129–84–7 (college)
18–40 (NFL)
9-9 (CFL)
Accomplishments and honors
1 CCAA (1968)
1 PCAA (1975)
1 Big Ten (1978)
Sporting News College Football COY (1978)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1977)

Early life and education

Born in Los Angeles, Rogers graduated from Jordan High School in Long Beach, California. After attending Long Beach City College, Rogers transferred to Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno).[1] At Fresno State, Rogers completed two degrees in physical education, a bachelor's degree in 1957 and master's degree in 1964. He played at end, with both wide receiver and defensive back roles, on the Fresno State Bulldogs football team in 1955 and 1956.[2]

In the 1957 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected Rogers in the 24th round.[3]

Coaching career

In 1961, Rogers became defensive backfield coach at Fresno City College.[4] He served as the head coach at Cal State Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) in 1965, Fresno State from 1966 to 1972, San Jose State from 1973 to 1975, Michigan State from 1976 to 1979, and Arizona State from 1980 to 1984, compiling a career college football record of 129–84–7.

Rogers was then the head coach of the National Football League's Detroit Lions from 1985 to 1988, where his record was 18–40. He went 7–9 in 1985 (with home wins over four playoff teams), 5–11 in 1986, 4–11 in 1987, and 2–9 in 1988, for a career record with the Lions of 18–40.[5] One of his more famous quotes during his unsuccessful tenure with the Lions was when he once wondered aloud to reporters after a loss, "What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?" He was succeeded by Wayne Fontes.

In 1991, Rogers served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) coaching the Blue Bombers to a 9–9 record and an appearance in the East Final. After the CFL stint, Rogers was named head coach of the Arkansas Miners of the fledgling Professional Spring Football League. However, the league never made it out of its first training camp and folded just ten days before the start of the 1992 season.

Personal life

Living in Friant, California in his final years, Rogers was married for over 50 years. He died on July 10, 2018 in Fresno, California at the age of 84.[6][7]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall ConferenceStanding Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Cal State Hayward Pioneers (Far Western Conference) (1965)
1965 Cal State Hayward 3–70–0NA
Cal State Hayward: 3–70–0
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1966–1968)
1966 Fresno State 7–33–2T–2nd
1967 Fresno State 3–83–2T–2nd
1968 Fresno State 7–44–01stL Camellia
Fresno State Bulldogs (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1969–1972)
1969 Fresno State 6–41–3T–4th
1970 Fresno State 8–44–23rd
1971 Fresno State 6–53–23rd
1972 Fresno State 6–4–11–3T–3rd
Fresno State: 43–32–119–14
San Jose State Spartans (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) (1973–1975)
1973 San Jose State 5–4–22–0–22nd
1974 San Jose State 8–3–12–2T–2nd
1975 San Jose State 9–25–01st
San Jose State: 22–9–39–2–2
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1976–1979)
1976 Michigan State 4–6–13–5T–7th
1977 Michigan State 7–3–16–1–13rd
1978 Michigan State 8–37–1T–1st12
1979 Michigan State 5–63–5T–6th
Michigan State: 24–18–219–12–1
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pacific-10 Conference) (1980–1984)
1980 Arizona State 7–45–34th
1981 Arizona State 9–25–2T–2nd16
1982 Arizona State 10–25–2T–3rdW Fiesta66
1983 Arizona State 6–4–13–3–1T–6th
1984 Arizona State 5–63–46th
Arizona State: 37–18–121–14–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
DET1985 790.4384th in NFC Central--
DET1986 5110.3133rd in NFC Central--
DET1987 4110.2675th in NFC Central--
DET1988 290.1824th in NFC Central--


TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
WPG1991 990.5002nd in East Division11Lost in East Final

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Rogers who became college or NFL head coaches:


  1. https://www.profootballarchives.com/coach/roge00700coach.html
  2. "Former Bulldog player and coach Darryl Rogers passes away". Fresno State Athletics. July 12, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  3. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1957/draft.htm
  4. Jenkins, Mike (April 7, 1976), "New coaches anxious to start" (PDF), The State News, Michigan State University, 70 (104), p. 12
  5. "Darryl Rogers Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  6. Henning, Lynn (July 11, 2018). "Darryl Rogers left his mark with his humanity". The Detroit News. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  7. Warszawski, Marek (November 26, 2016). "Worst Fresno State football season over, real work begins for Jeff Tedford". Fresno Bee. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
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