Rodrick “Del” Rodgers, the on-air sports director at Sacramento’s Channel 3 (KCRA-TV), was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence earlier this week, authorities said Saturday.
Rodgers, 55, was stopped early Thursday morning in Stockton, said Sgt. Kyle Plant of the California Highway Patrol in Stockton. Plant said he could not provide the precise time, location or any other circumstances surrounding the arrest, including Rodgers’ alleged blood alcohol level.
KCRA management could not be reached for a comment Saturday.
Rodgers is a familiar personality on local television news.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Rodgers was a third-round selection of the Green Bay Packers in the 1982 National Football League draft. A running back, Rodgers played for the Packers until 1985, then left the league for a year, according to his KCRA biography. He returned to play two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, mostly returning kicks, and received a ring in the team’s 1989 Super Bowl XXIII victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
He went on to work in the sports departments of KMST-TV in Monterey, KSBW-TV in Salinas, KIRO-TV in Seattle and WXIA-TV in Atlanta.
In Sacramento, Rodgers joined Channel 3 in 1997 and made his mark covering prep sports. He was the weekend sports anchorman when sports director Ron Hyde retired in 2006, and was chosen as his replacement.
This is the second time in the last month that a household name in Sacramento TV has been arrested. Mark S. Allen, whose real name is Mark Allen Stell, 50, was cited for a second time for suspicion of driving under the influence Dec. 4 in Roseville.
He pleaded guilty to the first DUI a decade ago and was sentenced to three years of probation and 48 hours of community service.
Rodgers anchors sportscasts Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.