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Myron Rolle’s Journey from the National Football League to Neurosurgeon [#DestinationGreatness]

By: Moses Kamuiru

Coming out of high school, Rolle was the number one football prospect in the entire United States. As a First Team Freshman All-American in the year 2006, He earned both the Second Team ALL-ACC honors and the Third Team All-American honors in 2008 which was his final season in Tallahassee. In an interview, Myron Rolle says “I played football, but I didn’t want to be categorized as just a jock.”  He was rated by ESPN as the number 1 football recruit in the US in 2006, and so going to play in the NFL isn’t a surprise.

He was not your usual player during his time in the NFL as he started anti-obesity programs that the United S department of interior adopted, researched stem cells and even raised money for hospitals. Rolle decided to delay his entry into the NFL even as scouts were eager to draft him so he could go and study medicine in Oxford. As a student in England, he was chosen as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, which is the most prestigious award given.

After returning to the States, the Tennessee Titans selected Rolle in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. The progress he made with Tennessee in his first year took a hit when head coach Jeff Fisher left and the 2011 lockout putting the OTAs at a screeching halt. He said that he thought he was making strides and getting better with each snap and picking things he never found before.

Released just before the start of the 2011 season, Rolle was signed up by the Steelers to a future/reserve contract the next offseason only to be released at the end of the 2012 preseason. Later, it took Rolle 21 days of soul searching to realize that his football career coming to a close at age 25 was for the best. He said that after talking to family and friends, he counted himself lucky to leave the game with no concussions and had dexterity in both his hands and maybe one day he could end up being a neurosurgeon. Myron also says that that was incredible to be in the NFL as he had the chance to play with the best athletes in the world. Like Rolle, there are only two other people who have the bragging rights of a Rhodes Scholar and an NFL player who are Pat Hayden and Bryon White.

After much hard work and study, now the thirty-year-old Myron Rolle will be graduating this spring of 2017 with a doctorate from the College of Medicine; Florida State University. He is also the chairman of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation which serves the underserved in the fields of wellness, health, and education in the US and all over the world. The Foundation is currently hosting the Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy for foster children in Florida.

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