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Small improvements paved the way to neurosurgery for former FSU football star Myron Rolle

Myron Rolle, pictured in 2016 while a student at FSU's College of Medicine
Myron Rolle, pictured in 2016 while a student at FSU's College of Medicine

Dr. Myron Rolle is a former NFL safety, a Rhodes Scholar, and a neurosurgery resident at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital. In his new book, The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery, Rolle chronicles his upbringing in the Bahamas, his football career at Florida State University, and his path to becoming a doctor.

Through the book, Rolle hopes to be a role model for other young athletes and hopes his work as a neurosurgeon can positively impact the most vulnerable populations.

During Rolle’s time at Florida State, he shined on the football team. In his first season, he was named a Freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. During his junior season, he was named a third-team All-American for his on-the-field performance, and a Rhodes Scholar for his academic prowess.

After being named a Rhodes Scholar, Rolle was faced with a decision. He could return to Florida State for his senior season of college football, declare for the NFL Draft where he was projected to be a first or second-round pick, or study in the United Kingdom for a year at Oxford with his scholarship.

Rolle chose Oxford, where he graduated with his master’s degree in medical anthropology. Upon his return, he entered the NFL Draft where he was selected in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans. Now he is a neurosurgery resident at Harvard, and the founder and chairman of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, a nonprofit organization that prioritizes global health, wellness, and education for families and children in need.

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Brett Rutherford is a reporter and news researcher at WFSU Pubic Media. From Riverview, Florida, he has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University. During his time at Florida State, he was a reporter within the sports department at WVFS, the student-run on-campus radio station. In 2020, he served as Sports Director during his senior year and hosted the weekly talk show Tomahawk Talk.

Email Brett: brutherford2@fsu.edu