Darryl Rogers, a former college football and NFL head coach has passed away. MSU wide receiver Kirk Gibson told a local Lansing radio station on Wednesday that Rogers had passed.
He was 83. A cause of death was not immediately known.
According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Gibson said the following about Rogers’ passing:
“His passing is disappointing. But I can tell you I feel so good about Darryl. The great talks, the great closure. His spirit is so powerful that he’ll continue to work magic with us all.”
Former @MSU_Football coach Darryl Rogers, 83, has died.
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) July 11, 2018
Rogers played college football at Fresno State before eventually taking over the program as a head coach. He moved up the collegiate ranks before landing at Michigan State in 1976.
While the head coach of the Spartans, Rogers racked up a 24-18-2 record. He eventually moved on to the NFL where he struggled. Rogers was the head coach of the Detroit Lions from 1985-1988.
He compiled an 18-40 record, which led to one of the greatest quotes in NFL history. When Rogers was told he’d continue to be the coach for the 1988 season, Rogers allegedly asked reporters, “What does a guy have to do around here to get fired?”