The Rhodes Scholarship brings outstanding students from around the world to study at the prestigious Oxford University in England. For the most part, prospective students are selected by their literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one’s talents to the full; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak; and moral force of character and instincts to lead.
You do not attain this distinction by accident, or by playing the ‘dumb jock’ role but by sedulous study from the minute you step foot on your campus to the Rhodes application process.
Myron Rolle, Florida State safety, earned the chance to study at Oxford. He also earned a spot as a top NFL Draft prospect. But most of you wouldn’t know that because it’s not scandal. It’s not another Pacman Jones debacle. If Myron would have been interviewed for a gun charge that would have been all over the news but his interview where he tells the world that he desires to bring specialized medicine to underdeveloped countries barely gets a ticker spot on the 6 o’clock news. Nor does his 3.75 GPA or his announcement that he chooses to spend a year at Oxford studying medical anthropology over the NFL.
Yes, that’s right. Myron Rolle delayed his NFL career to attend Oxford University.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Rolle told ESPN.com. “I’m going to get the chance to study at Oxford and read some incredible books and be among scholars. The whole culture in England is just very appealing. It will make me a better person and a stronger advocate.”
He’s the epitome of ‘student athlete’.