A talented athlete with a gifted mind, Myron Rolle never ceases to amaze those who believe it impossible to excel in both sports and academics. In fact, Myron’s lifetime accomplishments defy nearly all athletic stereotypes.
During his younger years, he attended the Hun School of Princeton, a prestigious college preparatory school in New Jersey, where in addition to shining on the football field, he maintained a 4.0 grade point average and accumulated 21 advanced placement (AP) credits prior to his enrollment at Florida State University.
Beyond the classroom, Myron played saxophone in the high school band, served as sports editor of the school newspaper and starred in the lead role in his high school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Aspiring to both the NFL and medical school, Myron entered Florida State University in 2006, where he became a three-year starter as a safety for the Seminoles football team. He completed all necessary pre-medical requirements and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science in just two and a half years, all while maintaining a 3.75 grade point average.
Based on his scholastic achievements, strength of character and instinctive leadership skills, Myron was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship upon graduation from Florida State in 2008, enabling him to study at Oxford University in England. He became the fourth Florida State student and only the second school athlete to receive such an honor.
His interview for the scholarship took place on the same day that FSU played ACC-rival Maryland. Much to Myron’s relief (and that of his fans), the NCAA permitted him to take a chartered flight from his interview in Birmingham, Alabama to College Park, Maryland so that he could play in the game, which the Seminoles would go on to win 37-3.
Myron postponed his NFL career to pursue a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology at Oxford during the 2009-10 academic year. During his time away from organized football, Myron did what he has always done – train by day, study by night and methodically work toward accomplishing his seemingly divergent goals.