If you are looking for the embodiment of “student-athlete,” look no further than what former FSU star safety Myron Rolle has accomplished, off the field.
The culmination came Saturday in Tallahassee, when Rolle officially graduated. Not just from one of Florida Sate’s undergraduate programs, but getting his PhD in Neurosurgery and preparing to start his residency at Harvavrd Medical School soon.
He proudly took to social media this afternoon:
Been waiting on this moment since the 5th grade. To be Dr. Myron Rolle. Glad it came today!… https://t.co/YHbMK3Tch0
— Myron Rolle, MD (@MyronRolle) May 20, 2017
You might remember that Rolle actually had his Rhodes Scholarship final interview, that allowed him to get into London’s famed Oxford University, on a Seminoles game day at Maryland in 2008. He finished the process, which included oral and written examination and then flew on a private plane to play in FSU’s nationally televised win over the Terps that night.
Rolle finished his fellowship at Oxford two years later and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft. He never played in a regular season game before being released in 2011. and was also was cut by the Steelers in the 2012 pre-season.
At that point, he gave up the dream of being a starter in the NFL, and turned his focus back to medicine.
He, then enrolled in Florida State’s medical school and finished up this spring with his degree in Neurosurgery. The now 30 year old is now getting the chance to follow in the footsteps of a childhood hero, Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned Neurosurgeon, who is now the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Trump administration.
Rolle read Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands” about his own life story, dreamed of being a doctor 20 years ago in the fifth grade, and he now is one, officially.