My Draft Pick: Myron Rolle, Is he just that smart and the NFL that dumb?

Posted on March 1, 2010


ESPN - OTL: The Burden of Being Myron Rolle

Myron Rolle, View ESPN article by Wright Thomas

My Draft Pick: Myron Rolle is he just that smart and the NFL that dumb? ESPN’s Wright Thomas has done an amazing job profiling NFL Draft hopeful Myron Rolle. This story is opposite of so many other NFL stories.

Where was Rolle this year in American Collegiate Football? Rolle was at Oxford, preparing for his second career, well before beginning his first: pro football. Rolle eventually wants to be a neurosurgeon and open a medical center in the Bahamas, where he has family roots. You might know the story, how he starred at Florida State and became one of the country’s finest defensive backs in 2008. And was even better in the classroom. And became a Rhodes scholar, just like one of his mentors, Bill Bradley. And decided to skip the 2009 NFL draft to study abroad, delaying his pro football career by a year and costing himself quite a few dollars.

Rolle is important because he shatters all stereotypes of athletes, especially black athletes.

Rolle could stand for Role Model, according to the following ESPN article, he could be just too smart for the NFL. NFL teams want to draft guys who need to play football and want to study nothing more than a playbook — not guys like Rolle, who wants to become a doctor and enjoys studying the latest developments in stem cell research. The report said Rolle has dealt with this mentality before when his defensive coordinator at Florida State, Mickey Andrews, told Rolle that he was spending too much time on school and not enough time on football.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines ran a story Sunday morning about Myron Rolle, the Florida State defensive back who became a Rhodes Scholar and is now a prospect in the 2010 NFL draft.

The whole segment is worth watching, and the companion piece by Wright Thompson at is worth reading, but the Outside the Lines segment ended on an odd note, citing ESPN’s draft experts as saying Rolle’s off-field pursuits would actually hurt his stock among NFL teams.

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