We noted over the weekend that some NFL teams are concerned that Myron Rolle, the Florida State safety turned Rhodes Scholar, might not be completely dedicated to football because his ultimate goal is to be a neurosurgeon, not a Pro Bowler. But Rolle said today that he plans to have a long NFL career.
Appearing on ESPN Radio, Rolle said his plan is to “play for a decade or so, then go to medical school.”
“I’m committed to football right now,” Rolle said. “A question I have received from several different NFL scouts and personnel people is, How committed am I to football? Am I going to want to play this game and leave after two years and go into medical school? My answer to them is that I want to play football and I’m passionate about it.”
Rolle noted that Bill Bradley spent a year as a Rhodes Scholar and then spent 11 years with the New York Knicks before pursuing a career in politics. Rolle said he wants to have a similarly lengthy and successful career as a professional athlete, and that he’s looking forward to showing what he can do this weekend in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.
“The combine will be the first big stage for me,” Rolle said, “to put my talents and ability on display.”