This Former Football Player Is Defying Expectations To Pursue Neurosurgery At Harvard

"Saving lives and helping people live a better life, that's going to make life worth living."

Former Florida State football player Myron Rolle faced some doubts when he decided to pursue a career in medicine, even from his own father.

"I can remember years ago when I tell him, you cannot play football and be a doctor, and he told me, no daddy, you watch and see, I'm going to do both," Whitney Rolle told local news on Friday.

The family's reason for speaking to the press? The 30-year-old was just accepted for a neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. 

"Seven years of neurosurgery is a big deal, something I wanted for a long time, really excited about it. Today is just great, it's remarkable," Rolle told WCTV, adding, "Saving lives and helping people live a better life, that's going to make life worth living."

According to ESPN, Rolle played three seasons as a defensive back for the Seminoles before graduating early in 2008 as a Rhodes Scholar and going on to earn a master's degree in medical anthropology at Oxford. Rolle was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2010, but he never played a regular season NFL game.

It's never a bad idea to have a backup plan, especially one as impressive as neurosurgery. While many college football stars put education on the back burner as they get closer to the NFL (with some even forgoing graduation), others, like USC player Adoree' Jackson, see the value in earning a degree and pursuing interests outside of sports.

Rolle is set to earn his doctorate from FSU's medical school this spring before starting the residency program on July 1. Although he's leaving his football career behind, he told WCTV that the game has made a lasting impact on his professional and personal life.

"It's added to my life now as a future physician, as a future resident ... it's going to add to my life as a father one day, it's already added to my life as a philanthropist and a leader," he said.

To borrow a hashtag several Twitter users employed to describe Rolle's latest accomplishment, he truly is a #RolleModel.

(H/T: Bleacher Report)

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