As a scholastic athlete, Roger won state titles in the high hurdles, high jump and discus. Many speculated that he would go on to be a great decathlete. After receiving a full scholarship to play football at thehollywood-star.gif University of Pittsburgh with the likes of Dan Marino, Chris Doleman, Bill Fralic, Bill Moss and Jimbo Covert, to name a few, he decided that he would make a name for himself playing football. However, in the year after winning his first NCAA high hurdles title, he knew his future would be with the high hurdles.

Roger went on to win the US National Championship five times (1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995). In addition to being a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist in the 110 high hurdles (1984 & 1988), he also has gold medals in the World Cup (1989), World University Games (1989), World Indoor Championships (1989), two in the Pan American Games (1983 & 1995), and a Bronze Medal in the Outdoor World Championships (1995). Track and Field News has ranked Roger number one five times (1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, and 1990). In the Seoul Olympics, he joined the late Lee Calhoun (1956 & 1960), as one of only two men ever to win consecutive Olympic titles in the 110 hurdles (1984 & 1988).

In Zurich, Switzerland on August 16, 1989 Roger stood out from others by surpassing the World and American mark of 12.93 set by Renaldo Nehemiah. He became the second person ever to break the 13-second barrier. Roger’s new mark of 12.92 established him as one of the greatest high hurdlers ever to compete. The mark of 12.92 stood as the American Record for 17 years.

Chronology of Achievements:

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Additional Honors and Achievements:

· 2006 Inducted into the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame.

· 2005 Inducted into the US National Track & Field Hall of Fame

· 2002 Inducted in the Western PA Hall of Fame.

· 2002 Inducted in the Georgia State Hall of Fame

.· 1998 Journalist’s Award for the most Co-orperative Athlete of the Year.

· 1996 Pennsylvania (East Boros Chapter) Sports Hall of Fame induction.

· 1990 Dapper Dan Man of the Year (City of Pittsburgh)

.· 1990 US Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year

.· 1989 Jesse Owens International Amateur Athlete of the Year

.· 1989 Track & Field News Athlete of the Year.

· 1989 USATF – Jesse Owens Award.

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