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Durham to honor favorite son Rodney Rogers with own day tied to start of NBA season

Rodney Rogers, center, watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Wake Forest and Maryland at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament in Greensboro on March 14, 2013.
Rodney Rogers, center, watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Wake Forest and Maryland at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament in Greensboro on March 14, 2013. AP, 2013 file photo

The Durham City Council will proclaim Tuesday, Oct. 17 “Rodney Rogers Day in Durham” at its 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.

The proclamation honors former Hillside High School, Wake Forest University and NBA forward Rogers, a Durham native.

According to City Councilman Eddie Davis, the proclamation will be presented to Rogers at the beginning of the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.

Rogers played at Hillside, Wake Forest University and for several NBA teams after being selected with the ninth overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.

He was the 1990 North Carolina Player of the Year at Hillside and a McDonald’s all-American in 1990, the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 1991 and the ACC Player of the Year in 1993.

He is a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

The City Council proclamation is timed so that the Oct. 17 start of the NBA season will be dubbed "Rodney Rogers Day in Durham."

Rodney Rogers also worked for the City of Durham before a Nov. 28, 2008 dirt bike crash in Vance County that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

Rogers and his wife, Faye, operate The Rodney Rogers Foundation and Rogers makes speeches around the country about his career and his accident.

Proclamation

Honoring Rodney Ray Rogers for his NBA Career and his Service to Durham

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers was born in Durham, NC in 1971 and spent his formative years in the McDougald Terrace neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers attended Hillside High School and played multiple sports before graduating in the Class of 1990; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers was named the 1990 North Carolina high school male basketball player of the year and was recruited by a large number of colleges and universities from across the United States; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers played in the national McDonald's All-Star game for high school seniors before becoming a student-athlete at Wake Forest University, where he was coached by former Durham High School coach Dave Odom; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers, in a close balloting with Duke's Grant Hill, won the honor of being the 1990-91 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball Rookie of the Year; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers had two more stellar years as a student-athlete at Wake Forest and in 1993, was named the ACC Player of the Year; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers was the ninth overall pick in the 1993 National Basketball Association draft and started his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets; and

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers played in the NBA from 1993 until he retired in 2005. In addition to playing for the Nuggets, Mr. Rogers played for the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, the New Jersey Nets, the New Orleans Hornets, and the Philadelphia 76ers. It was during his tenure with Phoenix that Mr. Rogers was so effective coming off the bench, that he was selected as the NBA "Sixth Man of the Year" ; and

WHEREAS, In one famous 1994 game between the Denver Rockets and the Utah Jazz, Rodney Rogers miraculously hit a flurry of three straight three-point shots within an eight-second span, … thus, scoring nine points in just eight seconds; and

WHEREAS, During the height of his NBA career, Wake Forest University held a ceremony in honor of Rodney Rogers and retired his famed "Number 54", which he wore at Hillside, at Wake Forest, and for each NBA team for which he played.

WHEREAS, Rodney Rogers gained a grand reputation for his thunderous dunk shots and since sportswriters and broadcasters appreciated his Durham roots, he was often referred to as "The Durham Bull" in sports circles; and

WHEREAS, Upon his retirement from professional basketball, Mr. Rogers returned to his beloved hometown and decided to work for the City of Durham. He quickly rose to the rank of supervisor within the Public Works Department; and

WHEREAS, In 2008, Mr. Rogers was involved in a recreational motorbike accident in rural Vance County. His injuries led to a paralyzed condition from his shoulders down. However, Mr. Rogers, who lives and works in the Person County town of Timberlake, continues to travel and speak about his life and his accident through the Rodney Rogers Foundation, which he operates with his wife, Faye.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that I, William V. Bell, the Mayor of Durham, do hereby declare that Tuesday, October 17, the first day of the 2017-18 NBA season, shall be known as "Rodney Rogers Day" in Durham in appreciation of his basketball career and his service to the City of Durham.

Witness my hand and the seal of the City of Durham, North Carolina on Monday, October 16, 2013.

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