Rogers leads Wake Forest on field

Updated: September 21, 2009, 9:57 AM ET
Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Paralyzed former Wake Forest and NBA player Rodney Rogers was honored before the Demon Deacons' football game against Elon.

Wearing a black Wake Forest jersey, the wheelchair-bound Rogers received a standing ovation as his career highlights were shown. Accompanied by former Wake basketball coach Dave Odom, Rogers was mobbed by the players as they ran onto the field.

The 38-year-old Rogers injured his spinal cord riding a dirt bike in November 2008 and is a quadriplegic. It was his first public appearance at Wake Forest since the accident.

Rogers was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 1993, when he was a first-round pick of the Denver Nuggets. He played 12 seasons in the NBA and won the league's Sixth Man Award in 2000 with the Phoenix Suns.

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