Biggs: Rolle headed from Oxford to the NFL
MOBILE, Ala.--Three practices into Senior Bowl week, Myron Rolle is getting back into the swing of things and you can tell he missed being away from the game for more than a year.
Rolle, a safety for the South squad, has been in England studying at Oxford University after leaving Florida State with one year of eligibility remaining. He’s hoping to boost his draft status moving toward the combine and is anxious to finish his studies—he has a 10,000-word thesis due in September—and devote, oh, a good decade to the gridiron before continuing his studies with the goal in mind of being a neurosurgeon.
“I’ve had some pretty good practices and I have been shaking off the rust,” Rolle said. “I’m returning to football.”
You can tell he missed the game because he can recite the date—Dec. 28, 2008—when the Seminoles played Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., his final college game. That was the last time he did anything with pads on before this week.
“It was a bit different coming out here in playing for the first time,” he said. “But once you get the first hit in, once you hear the coaches yelling, you start to adjust and it becomes natural again. You play football.”
Rolle did some training in England, following the guidance of his strength and conditioning Tom Shaw, of Orlando. His brother helped put him through drills and he followed it “religiously.” He’s been working on his technique and fundamentals for about a month.
Rolle has to return to Oxford to do some more work and teams are interested in his schedule with school and how it will impact football.
“They just want to make sure the schedule is flexible and I will be able to participate in any events if they draft me,” he said. “I’m fully committed to the NFL. I still have some obligations at Oxford, and I let them know that, but I am committed to playing football for a long time, not just one year or two year.’’
Rolle has met with the Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Packers, Steelers, 49ers and the Bucs. Lots of teams can use a bright safety.
“They want to have someone who is going to be reliable, accountable and it not going to miss assignments,” Rolle said. “They appreciate my intelligence.”
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