A former NFL player reveals his life journey from child to NFL to medical residency

The former NFL player Dr. Myron Roll has led an interesting life from professional football player to neurosurgeon. The youngest of three boys, Roll grew up in New Jersey and said he often got into trouble as a child.

In an interview with peopleRoll indicated that his life could have turned out very differently had he not made the decision to change:

“I had a huge temper and beat up a kid because he called me the N-word.. The turning point for me was standing in the courtroom in front of this judge and him admonishing me for beating this boy so badly that he had to get medical treatment for his injury.”

From that moment on, Roll decided to take control of his life and hasn’t looked back since. Rolle went on to earn football scholarships from two schools, attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and had a career in the NFL.

Roll played college football for Florida State and earned first-team All-American honors in 2006. He was also the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. After college, the Tennessee Titans selected Roll in 2010 with the 207th pick in the 6th round. He also spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 before being released that year.

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In 2013, Rolle retired from the NFL and enrolled in the Florida State University College of Medicine program. After graduating in 2017, Rolle is now a resident neurosurgeon at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Myron Rolle incorporated the 2% Way into his NFL and medical career

Myron Roll credits his success to an old lesson from his Florida football coach, Mickey Andrews. The 2% Path dictates that each person can work on reasonably tangible and practical goals to improve themselves every day. Over time, these incremental improvements turn into significant improvements.

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Roll took this philosophy and applied it to his life. The 2% Credo is also the centerpiece of his self-help and autobiography, “The 2% Way.” Neither is a former NFL player and now a doctor, Rolle has come a long way since that kid in New Jersey.


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