Don Durrett, a former coach, paid tribute to Rogers, saying: "I'll tell you, he was the best athlete I ever seen".
"I was here as an assistant coach during Charles' first year on campus in 2000, and as a defence, we had to go against him in practice every day", Dantonio said in a statement.
"He had cancer, whether that was related to his liver I don't know", Thomas said. "We send our condolences to his family, friends and former teammates during this hard time".
2 overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Rogers' former teammates initially broke the news on social media.
Rogers enjoyed a stellar career at Michigan State, where he still holds the record for most receiving touchdowns in a Spartan's career with 27.
For a person my age - and I turned 37 yesterday - you recall Rogers as a Michigan State Spartan.
"Spoke with his mom this morning".
Rogers reportedly has eight children. In high school, he was also talented in basketball and track.
He was cut by the Lions in 2006, essentially ending his National Football League career. Despite his dominant collegiate career, things never panned out for Rogers in the National Football League after he suffered a broken collarbone just five games into his rookie season. In his rookie season, Rogers recorded 22 catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns before suffering a broken clavicle in practice.