Rolle Out To Prove His Desire to Play

Ex-Seminole S Myron Rolle spent last year away from his teammates to study at Oxford University.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Categories: 2010 NFL Combine, Mike Duffy

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The ceiling for Myron Rolle is high, whether that is on or off the field.

A standout safety at Florida State, Rolle took the 2009 season off after graduating in 2 ½ years and accepting a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.

Now, as he makes his bid to move into the third or maybe second round of the draft, Rolle is facing an entirely new line of questioning surrounding his desire to play football long-term.

Rolle put that matter to bed quickly.

“I want it as much as anyone that is out here right now,” he said Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I’m here to prove that by the way I perform in the drills. I’m challenging myself and pushing my mettle in front of all 32 NFL teams.”

Rolle, who earned All-ACC second team honors in 2008, credits current Raven Samari Rolle – who is expected to retire this offseason – as a close confidant during this time of scrutiny. Both Rolle families come from Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas, although Myron did not confirm that he and Samari are, in fact blood related.

“We call ourselves cousins,” said Myron.

Myron did cite Samari’s well-rounded life as a big influence, however.

“Samari has been a tremendous support for me,” Myron Rolle said. “I talk to him every day. We text all the time. He gets on me for dressing too preppy, like a nerd. He’s given me some tips and some of his Louis Vuitton. He’s a great person. I love his wife and kids. They’re tremendous.

“He’s someone I want to model my life after, not only in my career, but in my life after it, especially being someone that is so involved in the community. He has a firm grasp of what’s important in this world.”

Myron Rolle has done well thus far regarding football.

Reports out of the Senior Bowl hailed Rolle’s performance. His angular 6-foot-2, 217-pound frame is perfect for a pro at his position.

And of course, he has the smarts to play anywhere.

“I would say I’m intelligent, a very good tackler, athletic, someone that is aggressive,” he said. “I want to come and meet at the point of contact, be in the box and cover the deep third.”

Rolle revealed that he wanted to eventually become a neurosurgeon and take his practice to a low-to middle-income country.

But, the M.D. won’t come for a while down the road.

At this point, Rolle is trying to convince teams of that.

“I can demonstrate my commitment and love for football by my actions and how I proceed in the next few months,” Rolle said. “I hope I can convey that message with authenticity, because it’s really down deep in my heart. Football is a part of who I am.”

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