Myron Rolle: From The NFL To Neurosurgeon
**UPDATE: The football player turned soon-to-be doctor Myron Rolle is even closer to his goal of becoming a neurosurgeon after the news he got earlier this year. Rolle found out that he will be starting his doctor residency at Harvard!
Then, he just completed his fourth and LAST year of medical school! He is too happy to be done with this stage of his life that he posted this video to his instagram with this caption: “Is it cool if I act silly and sing terribly…since it’s the last day of medical school?? End of 4 yrs, Ive got to vibe a bit lol #Soca #GBM #Scene”
Even though those four years are down, he still has seven more to go, but he’s looking forward to it.
“Seven years of neurosurgery is a big deal, something I wanted for a long time, really excited about it. Today is just great, it’s remarkable,” Rolle told WCTV in Tallahassee on Friday March 17th. “… Saving lives and helping people live a better life, that’s going to make life worth living.”
Rolle had always spoke of his goal to become a doctor following his football career. He famously took a chartered flight in 2008 from Birmingham, Alabama, to College Park, Maryland, to participate in his Rhodes scholarship interview and then play in the Florida State-Maryland game.
Rolle’s residency begins July 1. But his journey to get here started long before he hit the big leagues.
“I played football, but I didn’t want to be categorized as just a jock.” Those are the words of Myron Rolle. Coming out of high school, Myron was the #1 football prospect in the entire U.S. He was a First Team Freshman All-American in 2006 and earned both Third Team All-America and Second Team All-ACC honors in 2008, his final season in Tallahassee. NFL scouts definitely took notice. Myron Rolle was rated by ESPN as the #1 football recruit in the U.S. in 2006, so it’s no wonder he went on to play in the NFL.
During his time in the NFL, he wasn’t your usual player. He researched stem cells. He started anti-obesity programs that the U.S. Department of Interior adopted. He even raised money for hospitals.
But just before his NFL dreams came true by enlisting in the draft, as scouts were eager to snatch him up, Rolle decided to delay his entering the NFL draft for a whole year to study medicine in Oxford, England. During that time, he was named a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship, the most prestigious academic award given.
When he made it back to the States, the Tennessee Titans took on Rolle, selecting him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. The progress he made in his first year with Tennessee — “I thought I was making strides and getting better with each snap, picking up things I didn’t pick up before,” he said — took a hit with the departure of head coach Jeff Fisher and the 2011 lockout putting a halt to OTAs.