Despite being a young man of 25, Chester Rogers has found success in both acting and sports. As a child, Rogers was an actor in movies such as “Constellation” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.” As an adult, Rogers is a wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. He credits hard work, perseverance and faith in God for his accomplishments.
When Rogers was 10, “Constellation” was filming in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. Rogers enjoyed entertaining people, so he tried out and got a part in the movie. Afterward, Rogers’ family moved to California, so he could further pursue acting. He then appeared in “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Re-animated” and “Dirty.” Some of Rogers’ favorite memories from this time include meeting Maya Angelou while filming “Madea’s Family Reunion” and Gabrielle Union during “Constellation.”
“I ended up getting a kiss on the cheek from Gabrielle Union,” Rogers said.
After appearing in these movies, Rogers moved back to Alabama just in time to start high school. It was around this time Rogers picked up football.
“I got back to playing [football], and [I went] ‘OK, I’m pretty good at this,’” Rogers said. “I just kept going and working. I had an itch for it.”
Since then, Rogers has been dedicated to football and has not done much acting, but he is still in contact with figures in the industry and plans to continue pursing acting after retiring.
During college, Rogers played as a walk-on for Grambling State University, Grambling, Louisiana. As a walk-on, Rogers was not recruited for the team beforehand and did not receive any athletic scholarship for two years. Even though he was on the football team, he had to pay for school out of pocket and with loans. The experience led Rogers to create the Chester Rogers Perseverance Scholarship award for non-scholarship players at Grambling.
After Grambling, the Colts drafted Rogers in May 2016. Since then Rogers has 1,042 yards and three touchdowns in 41 games to his name. Rogers recently performed a career highlight when he scored a game-winning touchdown against the New York Giants on Dec. 23, 2018. It was one of the wins that helped secure the Colts’ position in the playoffs.
“It’s probably the biggest play of my career,” Rogers said.
Football and acting might seem like polar opposites, but Rogers said he learned similar lessons from both. He said both pursuits have required preparation, accepting both wins and losses, hard work and, most importantly, faith. Before every game, Rogers calls his parents and prays. He firmly believes faith in God helps him during good and bad times.
“Whatever you do, man, you should just work hard, keep God first, and never let no one stop your dreams,” Rogers said. “Once you keep that formula, the sky’s the limit, and that’s pretty much the mindset I’ve always had whatever I do from acting to this football stuff. As long as you have a strong faith, believe in God, and [do] hard work, you’ll be good.”
On the same day the Colts struck a deal with a new receiver, they extended an offer to keep one of their own.
Per a league source, the Colts have tendered restricted free agent receiver Chester Rogers at the second-round level.
This means that Rogers, if he accepts the tender, will receive a base salary of $3.095 million this year. He otherwise can wait for an offer sheet from another team. If he signs an offer sheet and if the Colts choose not to match it , the Colts will receive the new team’s second-round pick as compensation.
Undrafted from Grambling State in 2016, Rogers has appeared in 41 games in three seasons, with 95 catches for 1,042 yards and three touchdowns.
The last thing the Indianapolis Colts or fantasy players relying on the team’s primary playmakers needed was an injury to T.Y. Hilton considering he was the squad’s only wide receiver with more than 400 receiving yards last year, but that is what happened Sunday against the Houston Texans.
According to Tricia Whitaker of CBS Indianapolis, Hilton suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the rest of the Colts’ 37-34 overtime loss.
The setback figures to impact the entire offensive approach if he misses time with opposing defenses no longer having to worry about Hilton’s game-changing ability while other options see more opportunities in the passing game.
With that in mind, here is a fantasy outlook for some of the Colts’ other players after Hilton’s injury.
Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant
Hilton’s injury is both a blessing and a curse for fantasy players counting on production from Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant, as they will see more passes but also will have to deal with additional defensive attention.
The return of Andrew Luck this season means Indianapolis will continue airing it out even after Hilton’s setback, so Rogers and Grant are at least worthy of consideration. They both made an impact Sunday with Rogers tallying eight catches for 85 yards on 11 targets and Grant posting five catches for 64 yards on seven targets.
There isn’t much track record to fall back on, though, considering Rogers entered the 2018 campaign having never tallied more than 284 receiving yards in a season with one touchdown catch. At least Grant can point to 2017 as a breakout effort when he was on Washington and posted 45 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns after previous career highs of 23 catches for 268 yards and two scores.
Kevin Hickey of USA Today’s Colts Wire called Grant a potential breakout fantasy player before the season and pointed out “Luck’s No. 2 wide receiver is typically a fantasy relevant asset” while noting “the opportunity and the volume will be there in an offense that is going to pass heavily.”
That opportunity and volume will be there with Hilton sidelined, which makes Grant worthy of a waiver-wire addition and potential flex consideration. Rogers is at least worth stashing for the same reasons, but Grant should be higher on the pecking order.