PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD
2004 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Carlos Rogers, University of Auburn
Carlos Rogers played football and basketball, and competed in track and field at Butler High School in Augusta, Georgia. Rogers was a SuperPrep All-American, an Augusta Chronicle all-area and all-metro choice, and was listed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Georgia 75". After high school, Rogers attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Rogers played for the Auburn Tigers football team. He started 44 games over four years, and finished his career with 182 tackles, 134 solo, seven interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He holds Auburn’s career record with forty pass deflections, which ranks second in SEC history. As a senior, Rogers became Auburn's first Jim Thorpe Award winner, and earned consensus All-America honors. He was one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, each given to the best defensive college football player. He was named to the Auburn football All-Decade Team for the 2000s.
Rogers was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played five seasons in Washington, and signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. Carlos had his best professional season in 2011 with the 49ers. He led the team with six interceptions, and was named a starter on the NFC Pro Bowl as well as a Second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.