TheGrio’s 100: Myron Rolle, Rhodes Scholar footballer with a heart

TheGrio's 100 - On first glance, Myron Rolle appears to be three different, highly accomplished people living secretly under one alias...

On first glance, Myron Rolle appears to be three different, highly accomplished people living secretly under one alias. One Myron Rolle was drafted in 2010 as a new safety for the Tennessee Titans, another Myron Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar who earned a Master in Science in medical anthropology from Oxford in 2009, the last, a founder of a non-profit foundation that sponsors charitable initiatives throughout the world to benefit children and families in need. The simple truth is that behind all of these activities is a man who is passionate and driven, and a true inspiration for athlete, physician, or otherwise.

Myron Rolle is making history … by being a true example of a modern Renaissance man. He was an All-American safety at Florida State, had near perfect grades, and was one of only two dozen students selected to receive the prestigious Rhodes scholarship…in his junior year. His foundation has developed a number of programs and camps to promote health and fitness, including hosting a Wellness and Leadership Academy for 100 foster children in 2009.

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What’s next for Myron?

Rolle signed a four-year contract with the Titans and is training on their practice squad, but isn’t likely to see game-day play during his tenure in Tennessee. After his NFL career, Rolle plans to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, his foundation is planning a free health services clinic and sports complex in the Bahamas and hopefully, somewhere in there, he may find a few hours of sleep.

In his own words …

“It’s always, ‘What’s next?’” Rolle told ESPN’s Outside the Lines in 2010. “”I think people align themselves with my way of thinking when they’re talking to me. They try to create new avenues for me to pursue, so if you want to be a doctor and you have interest in human rights and philanthropy and social equality of medicine and disease, why don’t you think about being surgeon general?””

A little-known fact …

There have been two other Rhodes Scholars who played in the NFL — broadcaster Pat Haden and Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White.

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