If you heard that a can’t miss NFL prospect from Florida State left Tallahassee with one year of college eligibility left, you would probably be wondering which uniform you would see him wearing on Sundays, right? You might think that the temptation to cash in on a signing bonus and a guaranteed contract was too much, or that he just couldn’t afford to risk getting hurt in his senior season and losing his livelihood. You probably wouldn’t think for a second that what he chose to do instead of playing out his final year would be something that would actually hurt his chances of being signed by an NFL team. That, however, is exactly what Myron Rolle did.
Instead of playing football in the ACC or the NFL, the athlete that Cornel West called “the future of Black America” is studying at Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, and preparing for a life after football that includes medical school and being a neurosurgeon. He is doing this despite the fact that NFL teams are not terribly fond of shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars to people who don’t need to play football.
Imagine that you were in Myron Rolle’s shoes, and you could do just about anything you wanted… what would you do?
Now, imagine that you are the general manager for an NFL team that could sure use a talent like him on the field, but you know that he is already making plans for what he will do when he walks away from the game… what would you do?
Now, imagine you are on the board of a hospital, you need all the talented surgeons you can get, and you think that a career in the NFL is a senseless risk for someone who has so much to give the medical community… what would you do?