Glenn Rogers Jr. following in his father’s footsteps paying the game forward

Glenn Rogers Jr. following in his father's footsteps paying the game forward

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “I wear many hats, but that’s the role I like,” MUS Football Coach Glenn Rogers Jr shared.

For Glenn Rogers, the passion to lead started right at home.

“That’s the role I embrace. I saw my father do it as a coach so that’s the path I’ve taken,” said Rogers.

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Born and raised in North Memphis, Glenn Rogers is reminded daily of his sole purpose.

“A lot of people ask me why do I coach high school football when I could’ve moved up. And I think my passion and God has led me to stay here,” Coach Rogers said.

Rogers is no stranger to the Gridiron.

The MUS coach started at Southside High School and later went to play for Memphis State.

In 1991 he went into the NFL as a free agent for the Tampa Buccaneers, but his professional journey didn't stop there.

“People told me I didn’t have a chance so making that ball club was very significant. It was the same year I got baptized .. then in 1993 my first year in the Canadian League I won a gray cup as a so-called rookie, which is equivalent to a Super Bowl Championship,” said Rogers.

Even as his playing made way for coaching, Rogers had a great example to follow in his father Glenn Rogers Sr.

Who made history while playing at Memphis State.

“One of my biggest heroes is my father. Him being the first African American to play football for Memphis State as an African American .. I can only imagine what he went through,” said Rogers.

Rogers says the journey hasn’t always been easy and hopes that young people will find joy in the process.

“I think now and days it’s a ME society. The microwave effect has everybody wanting success right now,” Rogers explained.

For over 20 years Rogers has been more than just a coach. He’s been a mentor and a role model to the next generation to come.

“I love what I do. Seeing these young men get their diploma and go to the college of their choice,” said Rogers.

After the whistle is blown and the light on the field go out. Rogers isn’t blind to the work that still has to be done.

“Our people have overcome a lot and have been through so many obstacles .. and we still haven’t arrived.”