Robert Rozier

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Robert Rozier
No. 75
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-07-28) July 28, 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Rancho Cordova (CA) Cordova
College: California
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 9 / Pick: 228
Debuted in 1979 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last played in 1980 for the Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Robert Earnest Rozier (born July 28, 1955) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. After leaving football, he became involved with "The Brotherhood", a Black Supremacist cult led by Yahweh ben Yahweh. He is currently serving 25 years to life on a conviction for check kiting under a third strike law.

Early years and football[edit]

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Rozier attended Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, California. He then attended Aberdeen Junior College before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where he played defensive end for the football team. He was drafted in the 9th round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals (pick 228 overall).[1][2][dead link] He played in six games before being released, allegedly for issues involving drugs.[3] Rozier then played in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1980. He also spent two weeks as a member of the Oakland Raiders.[4]

Yahweh ben Yahweh[edit]

After a series of petty crimes, Rozier found Yahweh ben Yahweh's "Temple of Love" in 1982. After first serving a six-month prison sentence, he moved into the temple full-time, and changed his name to "Neariah Israel", or child of god.

Murders[edit]

In 1985, he decided to join "The Brotherhood", Yahweh's secret group, that required murdering a "white devil" and returning with a body part to join it. Rozier would admit to killing seven white people to please Yahweh.[5] He was arrested and charged with murder on October 31, 1986. After agreeing to testify against Yahweh's organization, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. After serving ten years of the sentence, Rozier was set free in 1996.[3]

Rearrest[edit]

Rozier was placed in the witness protection program under the name Robert Ramses. On February 5, 1999, he was arrested for passing a bad check for $66 to pay for a car repair. After finding Rozier's true identity, police discovered a trail of 29 bounced checks totaling more than $2,000, and charged him with a felony.[6] He was convicted, and under a third strike law, Judge Eddie T. Keller sentenced Rozier to serve 25 years to life.[7] Rozier is incarcerated at California State Prison, Los Angeles County.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BOB ROZIER". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ralph Hickok (2009-02-18). "1979 NFL Draft at Hickok Sports". Hickoksports.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  3. ^ a b "Convicted killer, former football player, says he's sorry for slaying". Associated Press. March 6, 1999. 
  4. ^ "Yahweh sect member's story of frustration, violence unraveled". Lakeland Ledger. November 30, 1986. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Scheeres, Julia. "Yahweh ben Yahweh cult". Crime Library. truTV. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  6. ^ Hecht, Peter (May 15, 2000). "Check case may trip up former cult killer". Sacramento Bee. 
  7. ^ "'80s cult killer gets 'third strike' term for passing bad checks". Sacramento Bee. January 13, 2001. 

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