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Title: ... p75 - Tributes for Steve Rogers after his death in 2006, aged 51

Tributes on the passing of Legend Steve Rogers.
By...(in listing order)
Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love
Tommy Bishop
Mal Meninga
David Gallop, NRL chief executive
Brett Kenny ,
Rod Reddy,
Bob Abbott FORMER ARL general manager, Cronulla Administrator,
Tony Adams,
Rugby League Week,


P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love - tribute (Jan-06)

Australian Rugby League chairman Colin Love also paid tribute to Rogers, describing him as "one of the great champions of the game's post-war years".

"Our hearts go out to Steve's family and many friends," Love said.

"His death at 51 is first and foremost a human tragedy - but it's such a tragedy too for rugby league and for Australian sport.

"Players of such talent come along very rarely in any game - and ours will remember him as one of the great ones."


P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Tommy Bishop - tribute (Jan-06)

I rate him the greatest all-round centre three-quarter I have seen.

Another quote,
You could tell straightaway... the style of him, the way he moved.. he was just unbelievable.
- Tommy Bishop on the young Steve Rogers

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Mal Meninga - tribute (Jan-06)

Mal Meninga paid tribute to his former teammate on the 1982 'Invincibles' touring party.

Meninga roomed with Rogers on that tour and he added: "He took me under his wing, particularly on the '82 tour, and showed me the ropes, both on the footy field and off the footy field.

"He was a great character, well respected within the team and obviously he reached some really great heights as far as his career was concerned as well."

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by David Gallop, NRL chief executive - tribute (Jan-06)

NRL chief executive David Gallop described Rogers' passing as "a huge shock for everyone".

"He was an absolute champion of our game and in more recent years a really dedicated official," Gallop said.

"He loved his club. I can well remember going into Sharks dressing rooms - win or lose (and) his passion was there for everyone to see for his club and they must be absolutely reeling (at Cronulla) ..."

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Brett Kenny - tribute (Jan-06)

Fellow Kangaroo great Brett Kenny paid tribute to his former teammate on the 1982 'Invincibles' touring party.

"I was fortunate enough to play in the Tests at five-eighth and Steve was playing in the centres," Kenny told ABC Sport Down Under.

"It was certainly a great experience for me and a special moment, because of the fact that as a youngster I idolised him and here I was able to play alongside of him."

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Rod Reddy - tribute (Jan-06)

Former St George and Australian teammate Rod Reddy believed Rogers was without peer as a player when at the peak of his powers.

"I probably rated Steve Rogers in the era that I played in as the most complete player there was," Reddy said.

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Bob Abbott FORMER ARL general manager, Cronulla Administrator - tribute (Jan-06)

Bob Abbott rates Rogers as one of the best players the game has seen.

"God had a box of special talents and every now and then he would hand it out," he said.

"Steve just happened to be a recipient ... he had everything.

"He was very akin to Graeme Langlands in that he could play in any position and he had that uncanny foresight to see the game, not to mention speed in attack and power in defence."

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Tony Adams - tribute (Jan-06)

He almost single-handedly put the 13 Steelers on the bus back to Wollongong and thanked them for the two premiership points.
- Tony Adams on Steve Rogers, 1982

P75 Steve Rogers - comment by Rugby League Week - tribute (Jan06)

More dazzling than Cronin, a better defender than Gasnier, a goal-kicker not so far short of Brown and Messenger.

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Date of posting ... 04-Jan-2006
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