Most high school athletes don't make it to division I sports. Of those that do, only a small percentage are named starters. Even if you are talented enough to start and have a prolific college career, there's still a small chance that you are drafted to the major leagues, whether it be the NFL or NBA.
Myron Rolle can say he's done all of the above and then some.
After playing safety for the Florida State Seminoles, the 30-year-old has decided to obtain a master's degree in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford. The Tennessee Titans selected him with the final pick in the 2010 NFL draft's sixth round but he never played a professional snap.
Myron Rolle announced Friday that he was accepted for a neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
"Saving lives and helping people live a better life, that's going to make life worth living," Rolle told WCTV's Erika Fernandez on Friday.
Rolle realized the white jacket was better suited for him after playing two seasons in the NFL and being released by two teams. He tells Because of Them We Can's website that though there was still interest in skillset, he felt like "he would be better suited for the medical field."
"I still received interest from a few teams, and it didn’t have to be over. Then I said to myself, ‘I can knock my head against the wall for 8-9 years or move on to medicine', said Rolle. "I was leaving the game with no concussions and dexterity in both my hands, where I could be a neurosurgeon one day.”
Ironic enough, this is a move his father saw coming. He warned his son about pursuing both football and medicine, but Rolle proved that he can pull off both.
Rolle is scheduled to begin the residency program July 1.