Myron Rolle: A great American success story

It’s well documented that hundreds of Senior Bowl players have gone on to accomplish great things.

But we may have to create a new category for Myron Rolle.

Just this week the former Florida State safety, who played in the 2010 Senior Bowl, was accepted into the Harvard University neurosurgery residency program. The Harvard medical school is widely considered the best in the country, which is why it’s no surprise that’s where Rolle ended up.

He was one of the top five football recruit in the country coming out of high school in Princeton, N.J., just ahead of such players as Tim Tebow and Gerald McCoy.

He graduated from Florida State in 2 and a half years. But he didn’t leave early for the NFL — instead he accepted a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. After a year away from the sport while studying in England, he returned to football in the 2010 Senior Bowl before being drafted into the NFL.

Now, at 30, he’s officially given up the football dream while devoting himself completely to medicine.

Rolle’s story is one that deserves to be celebrated.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

Stephen Root