More Than Just Football

Only 32 Rhodes Scholarships are granted to American college students annually.  The fact that one of those was awarded to a top college football player is remarkable enough.  The fact that the player in question, Myron Rolle, actually put off his dreams of the NFL to spend a year at Oxford is both astounding and refreshing. 

One year ago, at this time, Rolle was earning AP third team All-American honors as a safety at Florida State University.  He would have been a high draft choice this past spring, but deferred those plans to earn an M.A. in medical anthropology at Oxford before entering the 2010 NFL Draft.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times has authored an excellent feature on Rolle, who would like to become a neurosurgeon and philanthropist at the conclusion of his football-playing days.

Myron Rolle has put off the NFL for one year to study at the University of Oxford

Myron Rolle has put off the NFL for one year to study at the University of Oxford

Be sure to check out the accompanying Quad Q&A for an even more revealing look at what makes Rolle’s story all the more fantastic.

Needless to say, there are enough negative sports-related stories to fill the blogosphere on a daily basis.  It’s a real treat to have a legitimate reason to highlight one of the good guys.

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~ by acm213 on October 26, 2009.

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