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Pepper Rogers

Pepper Rogers (1931–2020), legendary college football coach

by Kirk Fox

Pepper Rogers was a legendary college football head coach who roamed the sidelines for Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Kansas.  

  • Died: Thursday, May 14, 2020 (Who else died on May 14?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 88 after complications from a fall in his bathroom.   
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Football legend 

Rogers was a quarterback at Georgia Tech who led the Yellow Jackets to an undefeated season in 1952. As a head coach, he had a career record of 73-65-3 leading Kansas, UCLA, and Georgia Tech. Later he coached the Memphis franchise in the USFL. Some of the star players he coached in college were running back John Riggins at Kansas, and UCLA quarterbacks Mark Harmon and Gary Beban. Rogers was known for his spirited personality and was popular with the media for his lively quotes.  

Why he left as coach of UCLA in 1973 to coach Georgia Tech  

“I sold peanuts and cola to Tech players when I was 10 years old, so it was a lifelong dream for me.” – according to the Los Angeles Times 


What they said about him

Full Obituary: Los Angeles Times

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