It must be nice to have the option to become a millionaire athlete on your way to becoming a neurosurgeon.
Any team that sees Rolle's articulation of a career after football as a negative attribute for him is shortsighted. Here is a young man that has shown that he has discipline and mental rigor. If he becomes a solid player on a team and has the "off the field" credentials that he has - this is a golden opportunity for this team to build up their community image around him. The NFL has a notable community outreach effort. Rolle would plug right into this.
Myrone Rolle is the epitome of how adults should respond to young people who's career aspiration are to be a professional basketball/football/baseball player. Being a scholar and an athlete are not mutually exclusive. Having both points working in your advantage clearly opens up opportunity.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It's about a half-hour until an NFL scout arrives to put him through a brief workout, so Myron Rolle kills the time by walking alone on an athletic field here at Disney World's sports complex. He purposefully paces, hands on hips, head down, and occasionally breaks into a truncated sprint. He's lost in his own little world.
It's a world in which Rolle says Oxford University and his Rhodes Scholarship are now deep in the background.
Except that they aren't.
To some in NFL circles, the former Florida State star's decision to put football on hold for a year while studying at one of the world's foremost academic institutions — not to mention his plans to become a neurosurgeon — indicates a lack of commitment to the game, and Rolle is aware of this.