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One Moment Changes Everything: The All-America Tragedy of Don Rogers Hardcover – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596702311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596702318
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On [cocaine s] casualty list you'll find the poor, the middle class, the rich and famous hundreds, even thousands, per year dead. Who has not felt the heartache of hearing the news of a friend or family member, someone who had so much to live for but is now gone forever? . . . Len Bias and Don Rogers, gifted athletes who had so much more to achieve, [were] only two of the most recent fatalities. . . . All those in the sports world should understand what a real force for good they could be.
Ronald Reagan - 40th President of the United States


If Don Rogers ... could die a similar death as Len Bias just eight days later, you have to wonder how many people said, as Bias did, Well, it won t happen to me.
Michael Wilbon - The Washington Post


Don Rogers was the most natural and instinctive player I ve ever had in my 30 years of coaching; and his untimely death had a devastating impact on me. One Moment Changes Everything is an impressive and shocking chronicle of the life of Donnie Rogers.
MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER - Three-time NFL Head Coach of the Year


One Moment Changes Everything provides an honest peek into the lives of the Rogers family, an unmatched collection of can t-miss talent that seemed to create every possible edge to escape the inner-city traps that claimed their neighbors. Author Sean Harvey digs beyond the headlines and news clips and reveals exactly what went wrong.
CHRIS DE LUCA - Chicago Sun-Times


Displaying a rich knowledge of the California sports scene that launched Don Rogers and an astonishing eye for detail, Sean Harvey tells a story that was begging to be told for nearly two decades. Through every page, I was struck by his insight into how the cocaine 80s fueled the Rogers tragedy. When I learned years ago about his passing so soon after the death of Len Bias, I thought of him as foolish. Harvey explains how the arrogance of the time was epidemic among those with money and how the repercussions of Rogers death went far beyond anything I d imagined.
MIKE DECOURCY - The Sporting News


Don Rogers was as good as it gets. He was physical, explosive, athletic, and could influence a game like few players I have ever seen. His tragic death was a tremendous loss for all of us who admired him for the kind of person and player he was. His death brought home how fragile all of us are as human beings. I miss him, and I think about him everyday.
TERRY DONAHUE - former UCLA football coach and NFL general manager, and current football analyst


One Moment Changes Everything, an amazing debut for writer Sean D. Harvey, is a remarkable story that reassesses the 'American Dream' of superstardom and success. Documenting the complexities of one African-American family who produced three star athletes - but with tragic effects - this book reminds us how the forces of race and class are powerfully intertwined and inescapable in America.
DWIGHT A. MCBRIDE - Leon Forrest Professor and Chair of African-American Studies at Northwestern University


One Moment Changes Everything is about more than one family s tragedy. It is a snapshot of time and place during a turning point in American sports and culture. Sean Harvey does an excellent job of chronicling the sad events of the Rogers family, and an even better job of placing them in the proper social context.
TIM KEOWN - Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine --Quotes and Praise

One Moment Changes Everything offers a compelling microcosm of some of the best and worst aspects of American life: The recognition and rewards of applying natural talent; fidelity to family however flawed; spectator sports both spotlighting human achievement and seeking out weakness; the crucible of race, poverty, fame, drugs and depression; and the perpetual hope for redemption and renewal with each generation. --Ace Davis, The Orange And Brown Report

About the Author

Sean Harvey is a freelance writer and editor who battled Sacramento legends and future NFL stars Don and Reggie Rogers on the courts and fields of their rival high schools, before going on to coach their sister, Jackie, in summer basketball tournaments around Sacramento. Later, while Don and Reggie became college stars elsewhere on the West Coast, Harvey became a two-year varsity letterman wide receiver at San Jose State University. He spent five years working in New York, primarily as a manager for Authors and Artists Group, a Manhattan-based literary agency. Harvey resides in Berkeley, CA.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Wegener on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"One Moment Changes Everything" is one of those books you can't put down. Sean Harvey has written the story of the Rogers family in a way that touches everyone, sports fan or not. The decision Don Rogers made that evening before his wedding has proven that even the decisions we make in our seemingly private moments, can have far reaching effects beyond our own lives. Mr. Harvey, through obvious painstaking research, manages to paint the Rogers family in a good light. This even when anyone familiar with the family's tragic past and present might cast them in dark shadows. I feel for the family, and that is because of this book. "One Moment Changes Everything" pulled emotion out of me, the sign of an excellent book. Buy it and read it! You will be glad you did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Mullens on October 18, 2008
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I remember Don Roger's death, but I did not realize how valued he was in his family and community. The author did an excellent point in telling the story of Don, his brother, his sister, and his mother.

I was not aware that his mother moved from Texarkana to Sacramento to try to have for her a better life. The author tells the story of his brother Reggie's frustration playing basketball at the university of Washington before he switched to football and was a first-round draft pick and gave insight into Marv Harshman and Don James. I was impressed by the story of Kenny Easley's influence on Don.

The last few pages where Don, Jr. was mentioned were very inspiring. This book would be a worthwhile read for anyone who has been involved in drugs or tempted to be involved. It shows how someone had worked to be best in athletics had it all end so suddenly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Whitten on October 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book changed my entire opinion about a topic I thought I knew: the Rogers family. They had been the greatest family of athletes that I had ever seen. But they seemed to give it all away. I understand that, ultimately, they are responsible for their decisions, but what an amazing and complex story! I read this book in one setting. One. It was absolutely great.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel A. Hayes on August 31, 2009
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Easy read. Good look into the temptations sports celebrities face and how some get caught up in activities that can be deadly.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearlman on October 3, 2007
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One of the most compelling books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down.

Mark Pearlman San Ramon, CA
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