July 28, 1955 |
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Cordova High (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||1979 / Round: 9 / Pick: 228|
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Robert Earnest Rozier (born July 28, 1955) is a former American football defensive end and convicted serial killer who played in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. After leaving football, he became involved with "The Brotherhood", 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
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).
He played in six games before being released, allegedly for issues involving drugs. 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.
Yahweh ben Yahweh
After a series of petty crimes, Rozier found Yahweh ben Yahweh's Miami-based "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" (Child of God).
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. 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.
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. He was convicted, and under a third strike law, Judge Eddie T. Keller sentenced Rozier to serve 25 years to life. Rozier is incarcerated at Mule Creek State Prison.
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