South Carolina football star George Rogers a race fan

Former South Carolina football great George Rogers strolled through the infield at Charlotte Motor Speedway a few hours before Saturday’s Sprint Cup All-Star Race started. Rogers said he’s a race fan and was attending the race at the invitation of CMS chairman Bruton Smith.

“This is my first time at Charlotte, though,” he said. “Look at this place, would you!”

Rogers wore a Gamecocks baseball hat and a black golf shirt with the word “Heisman” on the chest (he won the award in 1980).

“You can’t too many of these around here,” he said of the shirt. “Not by driving a car, anyway.”

Rogers said he has worked with drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon (whom Rogers greeted warmly at the prerace drivers meeting). He’s also happy that the Gamecocks’ Jadeveon Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft last week. Rogers was happy to rank Clowney among the all-time South Carolina greats.

“He’s No. 2!” Rogers said. “He can’t be No. 1, can he?”