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Former Florida State Safety Forgoes NFL for Medical School

Myron Rolle

Myron Rolle

As scores of college football players anxiously awaited their fates at the NFL draft, former Florida State safety Myron Rolle spent his time in anticipation of something else: Whether or not he is accepted to medical school.

“Within 10 days or so I should hear back from a few,” Rolle said last week over the phone from the Philadelphia offices of a managed care organization, AmeriHealth Caritas, where he is four weeks into an administrative fellowship. “I don’t know where I’ll be, but I know I’m looking for schools with good neurosurgery programs in places where I want to live.”

Now 26, Rolle would be lying if he said he expected that this would be the path his life would take. ESPN’s top prospect in the Class of 2006 out of The Hun School in Princeton, NJ, Rolle had initially planned to spend a couple years in Tallahassee, another decade or so playing in the NFL and then embark on a career devoted to medicine and philanthropy.

Instead, he started on his post-football life after just two-plus NFL seasons, largely because Rolle opted for a Rhodes Scholarship instead of the 2009 NFL Draft. And from the sounds of it, he couldn’t be happier.

Rolle’s embrace of life outside of football always set him apart, both as a highly touted high school prospect and with the Seminoles. His combination of academics and philanthropy — he earned his FSU bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in just 2 ½ years with a 3.75 GPA and long spoke about opening a medical clinic in his parents’ native Bahamas — was a huge part of his college experience.
It’s worth noting, however, that Rolle put in just as much work on the gridiron. 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.

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