Oct. 10, 2007
Myron Rolle may be a man of few words, but his actions speak volumes. Since Rolle's anticipated debut in Florida State's 2006 spring game, reporters and fans alike have been in awe of Rolle's successful academic, extracurricular and athletic accomplishments.
However, as time goes on, it may seem that the focus is less on his achievements on the field; and more on the "ironic" notion that a football player could indeed focus on things outside of football.
Then again, Rolle is far from your average football player.
"I feel I'm a well-rounded person," said Rolle. "Football is a huge part of my life but I know there is more to me then that. I know I have more to offer than just being a football player. If I get attention for my grade point average or if I get attention for how many tackles or interception I have in a game, both of those are equally fine [to me]."
Rolle enrolled at FSU in January 2006, a whole semester before his senior class even graduated. He graduated at the top of his class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Rolle currently is an honor student and Academic All- American.
This year, Rolle earned a spot on the Florida State University's Board of Trustees, as student-athlete representative. It is a position that gives him the opportunity to express the ideas and concerns of the student-athletes to members on the Board.
"I'm there to represent the school and represent the students. Being an athlete, I give a different perspective to the [Board]. We have a voice and I try to be the voice for those people. I love my position there."
Rolle was appointed representative after demonstrating strong leadership and communication skills which quickly caught the eye of the board members. It also caught the eye of an elite leadership society, Burning Spear. Rolle is a member of the group of diverse leaders whose mission is to promote and support outstanding Florida State University students and strengthen campus tradition.
Besides being actively involved on campus, Rolle also enjoys broadening his horizons. While most of his teammates were relaxing and preparing for rigorous training this summer, Rolle studied abroad in London. He took three academic courses and indulged in unique relaxation techniques.
He also had the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic and Morocco.
"I lived like a real student over there in London," Rolle said. "It was sort of like a culture shock. I had to cook my own food, try to find places, and basically be a normal [person]. That was different." Rolle definitely has an outstanding off-the-field track record, but let's not forget the reason why he was so heavily recruited by over a dozen major universities. Let's also not forget that he was ranked the top recruit in the nation by ESPN.
During his freshman season, Rolle started 10 games and had 77 tackles, a sack and an interception. These stats landed him on numerous freshman All-America teams. Rather than revel in the fame and glory Rolle focuses more on changing the world.
"Being a student athlete at Florida State, you have a platform where you can impact a lot of lives. I just want to use that to my advantage while I'm here," Rolle commented.
"In the spring and the summer time I am going to try to be as service-oriented as possible."
His desire is to one day become a neurosurgeon and open up a clinic in the Bahamas.
No matter what the future holds for Myron Rolle, one thing is for certain, he is not the "average student-athlete".
By Herneshia Spurlock Sports Information Student Intern