A footballer on the frontlines of the COVID battle

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.”

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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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