Rodgers in January 2002
|Date of birth:October 14, 1971|
|Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee|
|High School: New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)|
|College: Arizona State|
|NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 92|
|Debuted in 1997 for the Miami Dolphins|
|Last played in 2004 for the New Orleans Saints|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Derrick Andre Rodgers (born October 14, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Rodgers played college football for Arizona State University, and earned All-American honors. A third-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints of the NFL.
Rodgers was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended St. Augustine High School, a Roman Catholic school in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he played high school football for the St. Augustine Purple Knights.
He received an athletic scholarship to attend Arizona State University, and played for the Arizona State Sun Devils football team. As a senior in 1996, Rodgers was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American as a defensive lineman.
The Miami Dolphins selected Rodgers in the third round (92nd pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, and he played for the Dolphins from 1997 to 2002. He finished his NFL career playing for the New Orleans Saints in 2003 and 2004. In eight NFL seasons, he played in 116 regular season games, started 111 of them, and compiled 507 tackles, nine quarterback sacks and four interceptions.