Q&A: Myron Rolle
Myron Rolle at FSU (Martin/USPRESSWIRE)
Myron Rolle at FSU (Martin/USPRESSWIRE)
SteelCityInsider.net
Posted May 4, 2012


Myron Rolle left Florida State for Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship in 2009. He spent the 2010 season on the Titans' practice squad but was cut in 2011. He's trying to make a comeback with the Steelers.

Myron Rolle, safety, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: Anyone try to draft you on to an intramural rugby team at Oxford?

A: Oh yeah. They did. I was going to play the wing against Cambridge in the big, big match we have over there, but those guys are kind of crazy with no pads. A lot of them don’t have teeth, so I didn’t want to do it.

Q: That’s Michigan-Ohio State isn’t it?

A: Or Florida-Florida State. Yeah, it was a pretty big deal. It was a great experience over there, Oxford. I’ll never forget it.

Q: Any regrets?

A: Looking back on it, if I had any regrets they were short-lived and very transient. When I look at the big picture I think I made the right decision not only for myself but for my family and for other people who look up to me as a role model or sort of paradigm for scholastics and athletics.

Q: What feedback did you get at the time?

A: A lot from parents who want me to serve as sort of a mentor, or a guy for their children to focus on in school. My parents came from the Bahamas and they made academics the No. 1 priority. That was something that was routine in my life and it stuck with me and it just went to a bigger magnitude at Florida State when I had the opportunity to go to Oxford University. I’m very proud of the position I’m in. I’m very humbled, too.

Q: You're a medical student. Is football more difficult than surgery?

A: I haven’t been in surgery yet so this is tougher. This is great. It’s a great opportunity. I’ve been playing football since I was six in New Jersey and I’m excited to be out here again.

Q: Why are you doing this?

A: I still have a love for the game. I still feel I have athleticism in my body to be able to contribute to a team. I was just excited by this opportunity. Everything I’ve seen, hear, the workouts I’ve done so far, this practice here – which was high-tempo, high-intensity with coaches who love the game – you just get that feel that everybody loves it here. As soon as I signed with Pittsburgh a bunch of fans wrote me on Facebook and Twitter to welcome me to the team. It was astounding. It was almost overwhelming. To have that love – to give it back is something I want to do on the field, show that on every snap I go 100 percent and do all I can.

Q: Do you view it as an opportunity that they didn’t draft a safety?

A: I do. Any time I step on the field I see an opportunity. Every time I take a snap it’s my time to show the coaches and the organization I can contribute here and earn a spot. There’s a level that I want to reach; there’s a level that every man needs to reach here to be a Steeler, to be a part of this team, and I’m just looking forward to grinding every day to get there.

(For a closer look at Myron Rolle, here's a recent feature in his hometown paper.)


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