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Myron Rolle signs with the Steelers

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Myron Rolle, the Florida State Seminoles safety turned Rhodes Scholar who’s trying to make it in the NFL, has signed with the Steelers.

Rolle, who revealed the signing on Twitter, would have to be viewed as a long shot to make the roster after twice trying and failing to make the Titans’ 53-man roster. But signing with the Steelers now gives him a chance to go through a full offseason conditioning program, learn the team’s defense and at least give himself a chance of making the team in training camp.

If Rolle doesn’t make it with the Steelers, there’s little doubt that he’s going to find success in life. He has a degree in medical anthropology and has said he’d like to become a doctor. But he’s going to give the NFL everything he has before moving on.

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43 Responses to “Myron Rolle signs with the Steelers”
  1. donterrelli says: Feb 1, 2012 6:38 PM

    Glad they’re giving him a chance. Was he a corner or safety?

  2. virusgvr says: Feb 1, 2012 6:47 PM

    Good luck young blood!!!

  3. mykl954 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:57 PM

    Long shot, but I’m pulling for this guy. Greg Fitz should be his inspiration as a vivid example of someone whose intellectualism can compensate, at least somewhat for mediocre physical abilities.

  4. christopherhowland says: Feb 1, 2012 6:59 PM

    He was a safety while at FSU. Good for Myron. Had the pleasure of watching him while he was here in Tallahassee and ill always remember how crazy the crowd got when he came out of the locker room for the Florida game after he got back from his Rhodes interview. Good luck big guy!!!

  5. notthekiller says: Feb 1, 2012 7:00 PM

    Wasn’t Rolle a top 25 pick prior to teams questioning his love of the game for taking a year off to go studay abroad? How can this guys skills not be good enough to make it?

  6. ahs2 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    This is a kid to be proud of no matter where he is come September…

  7. qj1984 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:12 PM

    Hate the Steelers but Myron is one of the few college players that I really wanted to see succeed. He’s a good kid, a real role model and would be a great NFL poster boy. I wish him the best of a luck.

  8. emaimo80 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    The next Victor Cruz!

  9. brendanandrew says: Feb 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    ^ uhh he actually had to fly up to Maryland to play the second half against the Terps after his Rhodes Scholarship interview.

  10. blackngoldimmortals says: Feb 1, 2012 7:37 PM

    Liked his story during the draft and hoped the Steelers picked him then. So I’m kind of excited now. Hope he can pick up things from the best safety do in the league and excel.

  11. tjacks7 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:37 PM

    Work this summer and either.

    1) make an NFL team; or
    2) let the steelers pay for medical school

    Pretty good choices young man. Good luck on whichever path you end up on.

  12. jayquintana says: Feb 1, 2012 7:38 PM

    Who doesn’t love this kid? It’d be awesome if he can make it.

  13. jmb795 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:48 PM

    Good kid. Good family. Not an ounce of trouble out of him
    In Tallahassee. May he live his dreams.

  14. andyreidisfat says: Feb 1, 2012 8:02 PM

    I still think he has the skills to play in the nfl, even start. Problem for him is he took a whole year off and because he did he hasn’t been able to play enough to get his skills back to full strength

  15. macker1283 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:03 PM

    I gotta say…for someone that scouts said “didn’t care enough about football” when he was in the draft…you would think he would have just given up by now. With that said, if he really did care this much about football, why didn’t he just put the anthropology stuff on hold seeing that will ALWAYS be there, and football is dependent upon you being in your prime physical shape. He probably made a bad choice all things considered.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:05 PM

    I hate that he went there. But I always support all Noles players, regardless of where they go.

  17. tebowspeech says: Feb 1, 2012 8:12 PM

    Maybe he can teach James Harrison how to read.

  18. spadaddy says: Feb 1, 2012 8:30 PM

    Priceless…

  19. aschwartz2011 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:32 PM

    macker1283 February 1, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

    I gotta say…for someone that scouts said “didn’t care enough about football” when he was in the draft…you would think he would have just given up by now. With that said, if he really did care this much about football, why didn’t he just put the anthropology stuff on hold seeing that will ALWAYS be there, and football is dependent upon you being in your prime physical shape. He probably made a bad choice all things considered.

    —————-+–
    Being a Rhodes Scholar is a once in a lifetime amazing opportunity….It’s not like he just took a year off for grad school, that program enriched your life and opens up a lot of doors …

  20. thehouseofho says: Feb 1, 2012 8:34 PM

    macker1283 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:03 PM
    I gotta say…for someone that scouts said “didn’t care enough about football” when he was in the draft…you would think he would have just given up by now. With that said, if he really did care this much about football, why didn’t he just put the anthropology stuff on hold seeing that will ALWAYS be there, and football is dependent upon you being in your prime physical shape. He probably made a bad choice all things considered.
    =====
    The guy is a Rhodes Scholar. Do you have any idea how prestigious that is? There has never been more than 90 scholarships awarded in a single year. That’s not something you just “put on hold.” If you actually considered all things, he easily made the better choice.

  21. doe22us says: Feb 1, 2012 8:40 PM

    tebowspeech says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:12 PM
    Maybe he can teach James Harrison how to read.

    I am not going to lie this comment had me rolling, well played

  22. Deb says: Feb 1, 2012 8:53 PM

    Actually, tebowspeech, Harrison is an extremely literate guy … when he’s not putting his foot in his mouth … sigh.

    Love Rolle, love this signing. Would love to see him tap his college potential and make the team. We need depth at that position, and he was once a promising player as well as an accomplished student.

  23. kosarsmyidol says: Feb 1, 2012 9:06 PM

    So, maybe it does take a Rhodes scholar to figure out how to stop Tebow in the playoffs.

  24. NakedCowboy! says: Feb 1, 2012 9:07 PM

    geez… i thought this guy was antre rolle… i used to think he is a rhodes scholar but talks like sh!t…
    well that explains a lot of things…

  25. tigerman3 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:12 PM

    maybe he can explain the rules to the refs.

  26. eleventyeight says: Feb 1, 2012 9:28 PM

    tebowspeech says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:12 PM
    Maybe he can teach James Harrison how to read.

    ————————————

    I admit this made me laugh, but James Harrison graduated from Kent State in 4 years. Not a lot of people graduate college in 4 years. Did you?

    BTW- I love Myron Rolle. If he can make the roster and learn from Troy and Ryan Clark and DB coach Carnell Lake he might be a good asset.

  27. godofwine330 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:40 PM

    I was hoping my Browns picked him up as bad as they need safety help. I swear, if this guy turns into a decent player in Pittsburgh and he was on the street where the Browns could have picked him up as bad as they need safeties I am going to be a very disgruntled Browns fan.

  28. rcali says: Feb 1, 2012 9:51 PM

    Guess the “Real World” doesn’t pay that well these days.

  29. dandrol says: Feb 1, 2012 10:20 PM

    Unfortunately, the decision is not his to make.

  30. ac540 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:45 PM

    This is one of those times where they put smart kids on the team so the team GPA goes up. Who is he going to comunicate with on that squad of hacks and goons that may understand him? Unless he starts speaking in acronyms like DTF, those morons will look at him like he is speaking another language…because he probably will be.

  31. rollteal says: Feb 1, 2012 11:46 PM

    Football is just the playground of his career !!! He has a lot of look forward to Go Noles !

  32. bospat says: Feb 1, 2012 11:49 PM

    A Rhodes scholar on the Steelers? he’s going to need an interpreter to decipher the playbook…

  33. tluke25 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:13 AM

    This guy is a great story. I remember reading about him a couple years ago. Players like him and Tebow make the NFL much more exciting. I love rooting for underdog players. Guys who might not have the goods, but they have certain intangibles that might outwin in the end. … I love the movie “Rudy” too.

    Go Myron Rolle!

  34. captainwisdom8888 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:13 AM

    he grew up in galloway nj. i played him in youth football at the age of 10. and will boast to this day that i put a nice form tackle on him on the opening kickoff! ha

  35. george3246 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:55 AM

    Have to agree with those that had hoped that this smart guy would end up in B&G. It would seem that he has the intelligence to learn the intricate reads that Troy and Ryan have made for years. Time will tell if he has the physical tools to make the plays.

    Best of luck to you, Myron. My bet is that you’ll not only make the roster but will also become a fan fave just for having one of the legendary first names in Steelers’ history. Myron Cope invented the Terrible Towel and was one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved sports announcers.

  36. vikingsprimetime says: Feb 2, 2012 1:09 AM

    Macker1283: I agree with you. What are his priorities? Obviously the guy made the right choice by accepting the Rhodes Scholarship- but why does he feel like he has to make it in the NFL? He is very bright and could go wherever he wants with that, academically. What message does this send besides PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES PULL IN MORE BANK THAN ANY SCIENTIST/DOCTOR EVER WILL?

    Good for you for being a good player in college at a big-time school, Myron, but now you are just wasting your time.

  37. elmoron says: Feb 2, 2012 1:26 AM

    tebowspeech says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:12 PM
    Maybe he can teach James Harrison how to read.
    ==================================
    Or Ben how to not….nah, I won’t go there, too easy.

  38. ajgreenhof says: Feb 2, 2012 3:28 AM

    Rolle gets crap for being a great person while fat turds like Albert Haynesworth are still curb stompin’ across the league.

  39. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:00 AM

    i just won $100!!!!!!

    @macker1283:
    that scholarship offer is on the table ONCE and it has an expiration date, then you’re back in the pool with the other applicants. so he made the right decision, hands down because as you can see, the NFL was still there when he completed his studies.

    @vikingsprimetime:
    has it ever occurred to you that football is still his passion? most people have to wait until retirement to pursue their passions in life, or at least until a much later age than this. the scholarship is a ONCE in a lifetime opportunity that opens doors not many can enter. his priority is obviously the totality of his life’s accomplishments, not merely playing football for a living (which he’s still going to be able to do).

    would have been shortsighted to let that scholarship opportunity pass him by, never to return again, just to squeeze 2 more years out of the front end of his playing career. i figure if he’s still got the talent to stick on a roster, then he didnt lose out on anything

  40. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:55 AM

    i just won $100!!!!!!

    @macker1283:
    that scholarship offer is on the table ONCE and it has an expiration date, then you’re back in the pool with the other applicants. so he made the right decision, hands down because as you can see, the NFL was still there when he completed his studies.

    @vikingsprimetime:
    has it ever occurred to you that football is still his passion? most people have to wait until retirement to pursue their passions in life, or at least until a much later age than this. the scholarship is a ONCE in a lifetime opportunity that opens doors not many can enter. his priority is obviously the totality of his life’s accomplishments, not merely playing football for a living (which he’s still going to be able to do).

    would have been shortsighted to let that scholarship opportunity pass him by, never to return again, just to squeeze 2 more years out of the front end of his playing career. i figure if he’s still got the talent to stick on a roster, then he didnt lose out on anything

  41. ottograham says: Feb 2, 2012 9:33 AM

    have to say this article shows how not funny alot of you are. some of these comments couldnt be more sub average if you tried to.

    on the real though. If this guy makes the squad he probably has the effort and ability to be an asset on this squad. Good luck to him. Go Steelers baby.

  42. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 2, 2012 1:59 PM

    Adding him to the team just doubled the
    collective IQ of all of Steeler Nation combined.
    Heaven knows they need the boost.

    Watch them be foolish & release the guy anyways
    at the end of training camp…

  43. jams1004 says: Feb 3, 2012 7:31 PM

    Why are all the Steelers Haters on this page? Listen… No matter why you hate the Steelers and most likely its because they win and your team doesn’t….. They’re always going to be in the mix and always in Superbowl contention so get over it and keep hoping your team has a quarter of the Success us Steelers have!…and go read how sorry your team is and always will be….Steelers Baybee!!

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