PRO: One of the NFL’s most accomplished rookies joins the Titans in 2010. Safety Myron Rolle, a sixth-round draft choice known for his aggressive play on the field and his academic achievement off the field, enters the NFL after taking a year to study at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar recipient. He spent the previous three years as a starting safety at Florida State.
• After sitting out the 2009 college football season to study at Oxford, Rolle raised eyebrows with impressive performances at the 2010 Senior Bowl and the 2010 Scouting Combine. At the latter, he ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.
• On Nov. 22, 2008, Rolle missed his only start in his final 36 games at Florida State. While his team was preparing to kick off against the Maryland Terrapins in College Park, Md., Rolle was in Birmingham, Ala., interviewing for and ultimately winning a Rhodes Scholarship. He then flew to Maryland on a private jet in time to arrive in the second quarter of the Seminoles’ eventual 37-3 victory.
• Needing only five semesters to obtain his pre-med undergraduate degree from Florida State, Rolle received his master’s of science from Oxford in medical anthropology in June 2010. Rolle, who has spent a lifetime setting and accomplishing goals, plans to become a neurosurgeon following a long football career.
• Rolle was inspired by another Florida State athlete to pursue a Rhodes Scholarship: his good friend and former Seminole track and field star Garrett Johnson.
• The Myron Rolle Foundation (www.myronrolle.com), which was launched in 2009, is “dedicated to the support of health, wellness, educational and other charitable initiatives throughout the world that benefit children and families in need.” Currently, its three initiatives are: a camp for foster children in Florida called the Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy, a camp for foster children in Florida; the Our Way to Health Program, which provides fitness training, health education and diabetes awareness to American Indian children; and The Myron L. Rolle Medical Clinic and Sports Complex, a future facility that will provide free services to Exuma, Bahamas.
• In addition to being a football star, Rhodes Scholar, philanthropist and future neurosurgeon, Rolle also considers himself a Frank Sinatra impressionist. Rolle, who played the lead role in his high school’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” lists “Summer Wind” as his favorite Sinatra tune.
• One of Rolle’s mentors is Samari Rolle, who played cornerback for the Titans from 1998-2004 and whose family likewise descends from Exuma.
• The son of Whitney and Beverly Rolle, Myron is the youngest of five sons: Marchant, Marvis, Mordecai, McKinley and Myron.
• The Galloway, N.J., native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
• In three seasons at Florida State (2006-08), Rolle played in 38 games with 35 starts at strong safety. He was among the team’s top four tacklers every season and led the secondary in tackles twice (2006 and 2008). His career totals included 206 tackles, one sack, 7.5 tackles for loss, one interception, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
AS A JUNIOR (2008), started 12 of 13 games at strong safety and finished third on the team with 62 total tackles and added five passes defensed. Lott Trophy finalist was named third-team All-American by Associated Press, second-team All-ACC by league coaches and second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
• Against Wake Forest (9/20), posted season-high nine tackles.
and a career-high four pass breakups against Miami
• At Miami (10/4), set career high with four pass breakups and added four tackles in rainy 41-39 win.
• Against Virginia Tech (10/25), earned Lott Trophy Player of the Week for his five-tackle performance.
• At Maryland (11/22), ended 30-game starting streak to be in Birmingham, Ala., to interview for Rhodes Scholarship. Arrived via charter plane in time to play second half and posted two tackles.
• In Citrus Bowl victory over Wisconsin (12/27), notched five tackles, including one tackle for loss, in final college game.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2007), started all 13 games for the Seminoles and ranked fourth on the team with 67 tackles. Named to All-ACC Adademic squad and inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.
• Recorded season high of eight tackles at Clemson (9/3), against N.C. State and against Kentucky (12/31).
• In Music City Bowl against Kentucky at LP Field (12/31), posted eight tackles and added a pass defensed and a forced fumble, which was returned 52 yards by Tony Carter to set up a touchdown.
AS A FRESHMAN (2006), played in 12 of Florida State’s 13 games, including starts in the final 10 contests. Finished third on the team with 77 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss. Was ACC’s leading tackler among freshman with a 6.4 tackles-per-game average. Named first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News, American Football Coaches Association and College Football News. Added Sporting News ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and honorable mention All-ACC by Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
• Against Rice (9/23), received first career start and notched eight tackles and one pass defensed.
• Against Western Michigan (11/18), totaled career-high 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass defensed.
• Against Virginia (11/4), totaled nine tackles, first career sack and two tackles for loss in shutout victory.
• In Emerald Bowl against UCLA (12/27), recorded first career interception with a 21-yard return and added nine tackles in 44-27 victory.
• Enrolled at Florida State in January 2006.
• Graduated from Florida State in August 2008 with degree in pre-med/exercise science, and added a master’s in science from Oxford in June 2010 in medical anthropology.
• Splits time between Nashville and Galloway, N.J.
• At The Hun School, was the top-ranked player nationally on ESPN’s 150 after 2006 senior season in which he totaled 112 tackles. Also listed as the No. 1 athlete in the nation and No. 1 prospect in the state of New Jersey by Rivals.com; the seventh overall recruit in the nation and No. 1 defensive back by Scout.com; a member of the EA Sports All-American first-team defense; and a Parade All-American and one of 16 finalists for the 2006 Parade All-America High School Football Player of the Year Award. Represented the East team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
• As a junior at The Hun School, named the New Jersey Prep Defensive Player of the Year by the Newark Star Ledger after registering 83 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions.
• In addition to lining up at safety, cornerback, wide receiver and running back during his high school football career, he also played four years of varsity basketball and was on the track team for four years.
• Won the 2006 Watkins Award, awarded to high school students on the basis of academic achievement, athletics and involvement in the community.
• In college, became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma.
• A month after being drafted by the Titans and before he signed his first NFL contract, he presented $1,000 checks from his foundation to the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund and the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund in the wake of floods that devastated the area in early May 2010.
• Follow Rolle on Twitter at @MyronRolle.
• List of favorites: (movie) “Lean on Me”; (TV show) “The Sopranos”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (music artist) Buju Banton; (school subject) biochemistry; (car) Mercedes G Wagon; (books) the Bible, “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer” by Tracy Kidder; (food) breakfast food, conch; (sports hero) Deion Sanders; and (sports teams as a child) Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles.
• Born Myron Laurent Rolle on Oct. 30, 1986 in Houston, Texas.