TSU tackle bound for NFL combine

TSU tackle Rogers Gaines (75) will attend the NFL Combine in Indianapolis beginning this week. / Submitted photo
Written by
Jim Wyatt
Gannett Tennessee DNJ.com

NASHVILLE — As a cashier at Kroger in Goodlettsville the past seven years, Rogers Gaines received plenty of double takes.

At 6-foot-7 he was noticed for his size — if something was needed off the top shelf on Aisle 10, Gaines was the guy — but also for his demeanor.

“He was like the Jolly Green Giant,” store manager Don Cox said. “And the customers loved him because he always had a smile on his face. He was a giant all right, but I don’t think anyone around here has ever seen him mad.”

This week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Gaines wants to turn heads for another reason.

After flying under the national football radar at Tennessee State, the 335-pound offensive tackle will try to impress NFL scouts and prove himself draft-worthy.

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