Rocky Rosema

Roger William "Rocky" Rosema (born February 5, 1946) is a former American football player. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he played high school football at Grand Rapids Central High School. He next played college football for the University of Michigan, principally as a defensive end and linebacker, from 1965 to 1967. He also played professional football as a linebacker for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1968 to 1971.[1] In 2003, he was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.[2][3] In 2011, Rosema lost a lawsuit against the NFL Players Association alleging that he was owed pension benefits.[4][5]

Rocky Rosema
Coach Bump Elliott and Rosema (No. 83) from 1968 Michiganensian
Born:(1946-02-05)February 5, 1946
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Career information
CollegeUniversity of Michigan
Career history
As player
1968–1971St. Louis Cardinals


  1. "Rocky Rosema".
  2. Josh Slagter (August 26, 2009). "Looking back at the glory days of Central football". The Grand Rapids Press.
  3. "Inductees". Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03.
  4. John Agar (September 8, 2011). "Former Grand Rapids Central star Roger 'Rocky' Rosema's request for NFL pension denied". The Grand Rapids Press.
  5. Brian VanOchten (July 6, 2010). "Ex-Grand Rapids Central and Michigan star Roger 'Rocky' Rosema suing NFL Players Association". The Grand Rapids Press.

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