Myron Rolle's Unlikely Path to Oxford

A standout football player with NFL aspirations redefined the definition of "student-athlete."

Myron Rolle announces that he will attend Florida State University at a press conference in his home state of New Jersey in 2005.
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"History tells you that a year away from the game—via injury or whatever other reasons—erodes your skills a little bit," says ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., who added that he admires Rolle's decision to study at Oxford. "It's not easy to come back after a year away from the game. He won't get any of the on-the-field scenarios, or hitting, going through workouts, physical and mental conditioning that come with playing a football season. There have been players who haven't been able to get those [instincts] back."

Rolle doesn't seem concerned. He's just doing what he's always done—efficiently managing his time both in and outside of football. He'll continue his physical training while giving speeches, writing a children's book, working with government and corporate partners on future projects, and maintaining the Myron Rolle Foundation. He says he's excited about undertaking new projects and continuing to work on his current ones.

"I feel like I'm in a good position to make an impact on people's lives and carve my own niche," Rolle says. "We'll find a way to make it all work. This year is going to be great."