It has been a crazy morning in the NFL as teams have been making roster cuts to get down to 75 players before the deadline of 4 pm ET. There have been a couple of news worthy cuts. The Buffalo Bills released veteran QB Vince Young and the New England Patriots dropped troubled wide receiver Dante Stallworth.
Not as news worthy as others, but the Pittsburgh Steelers released a player you would really want to see make an NFL roster. Myron Rolle, former Florida State Seminole and Rhodes Scholar, was cut by the Steelers today.
Rolle has a commendable and absolutely tremendous story to tell. After being named a third-team All American in 2008, the star defensive back was sure to make millions in the NFL. However, despite being young and no doubt tempted by the Siren call of the NFL, Rolle made the difficult decision to forgo the 2009 draft and instead spent a year studying at Oxford University. He earned the incredible honor of being named a Rhodes Scholar, defining the term student-athlete in the process.
After a year away from the game he was drafted in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans in 2010. He never saw the field and they cut him in 2011. He signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Steelers this offseason in the hopes he could revive his career, but obviously did not do enough.
You would think a college player of his caliber could just turn back the clock, but it doesn’t work that way in this game. Hopefully another team gives him an opportunity, he certainly has earned it from a human interest perspective.
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