National Football League player-turned-doctor Myron Rolle on 'hectic' coronavirus frontline

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 31, 2020

Rolle credits his football history with shaping his present time in medicine.

He's a Rhodes Scholar, a former Tennessee Titans safety who went to Florida State before being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 National Football League draft, and these days he's on the coronavirus frontlines as a third-year neurosurgery resident in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"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".

"It is hectic, that's for sure". He was later drafted by the Titans in the sixth round of the 2010 draft, but did not play in any regular-season games before retiring in 2013 to go to medical school.

"There were lots of emotions rolling through my body while counting down the hours, waiting to open that envelope", Rolle said then, via the Miami Herald. "I think of the operating room like a game, like it's showtime, let's perform".

"We're right now, struggling for bed space and personnel to take care of the surge and influx of COVID-19 patients that are just knocking down the door", Rolle says. This is our time to help very sick people.

Myron is also founder of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of health, wellness, educational and other charitable initiatives throughout the world that benefit children and families in need. Much gratitude to those, like Rolle, who are taking that on every day at a level they may never have expected or imagined.

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