First, COVID came for the XFL. Next, it looks ready to take out the 2020 seasons of the NFL and the CFL. While this pandemic is having a devastating affect on professional football, it’s heartwarming to see a professional footballer fight back against the disease.
Dr. Myron Rolle played two seasons with the Tennessee Titans. After a brief stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dr. Rolle left the NFL to attend Florida State Univeristy College of Medicine, which he graduated from in 2017 (Rolle attended FSU as a pre-med undergrad, graduating in just 2.5 years).
Rolle, a neurosurgery resident at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, volunteered to work in the COVID-19 surge clinic. As of April 24, 2020, there are over 40,000 active COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, with 2,556 deaths. The state is third in the US in total cases, fourth in total deaths — not exactly “on the sidelines” of the national fight.
“I went down to the emergency department, and as I was walking through the emergency department I was seeing so many individuals with respiratory distress and respiratory compromise, and the numbers are staggering,” Rolle told ESPN. “Our neurosurgical floor has been transformed into a floor just full of COVID-19 patients.”
Rolle was a sixth-round pick out of FSU in 2010. He skipped his senior season at FSU to accept a Rhodes Scholarship and study in Oxford as part of his goal to become a neurosurgeon.
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