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Old 06-04-2012, 01:16 PM   #21
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This guy is a little too much in love with himself.

To say that he wants to be a Neurosurgeon before even going to med school tells he that he is a bag of ego. So many people go to med school and end up being a specialist that they never even dreamed that they would do.

He could take a big helping of humble pie in my opinion. Also, his first grade as a neurosurgeon wannabe is a big fat F. Doesn't he know that playing football and the risk of concussions and brain damage is the worst thing he can do.
what is he supposed to say?

"Hi my name is Rolle and I'm a loser, I'm going to be a practice squad player at best in the NFL and probably be panhandling in 2 years"?
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I'm not under the assumption that he's in love with himself, rather that he's setting high standards. It's a good thing. He believes in himself.

I like the kid, he's bright.
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so now wanting to be neurosurgeon is a character flaw?

unbelievable.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #24
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I don't get it. I would think that most, if not all of the current neurosurgeons set their goal to specialize in neurosurgery. If asked, before each went to medical school, my instinct is that they would have stated they wanted that specialization. One does not stumble into neurosurgery.

And, I bet very few of the have been Rhodes Scholars. This guy is unique. The only difference is regular Joes like you and me hear and read he wants to be a neurosurgeon. So, we nay-say. What if you were his best friend? And he did not posses the talent to potentially compete in the NFL? And he had the same smarts and career goals? You say differently I would think.

This guy is special.He is focused, talented, and abnormally intelligent. If he sets his mind to doing it, I think he can.

We are having a neurosurgery discussion on an NFL forum - how is that for odd!
What a lot on here don't get is that if the kid wants to be a Neurosurgeon, he can do it and its better to know early in life than later. He can then plan to work hard on his studies and focus his time and attention on that specific career path.

I deal with Doctors almost daily and they are just people like anybody else. The toughest part of becoming a specialist is the length of the journey they must endure from getting into med school, school itself, then residency, fellowship and all the associated costs and time sacrifices that come with that.

As a football player, I think Rolle is a long shot to make the Steelers. As a Neurosurgeon, I think he will put in the time and become one
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What a lot on here don't get is that if the kid wants to be a Neurosurgeon, he can do it and its better to know early in life than later. He can then plan to work hard on his studies and focus his time and attention on that specific career path.

I deal with Doctors almost daily and they are just people like anybody else. The toughest part of becoming a specialist is the length of the journey they must endure from getting into med school, school itself, then residency, fellowship and all the associated costs and time sacrifices that come with that.

As a football player, I think Rolle is a long shot to make the Steelers. As a Neurosurgeon, I think he will put in the time and become one
Well, if playing football is a passion in his life, it would be a shame if he didn't at least try to get there. If he wants to be a player in the NFL, he only has a limited amount of time before he's considered to be 'too old'.

And if he is a player, and retires at say, 35, he still has plenty of time to pursue an education. I think he's doing the right thing.
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Rolle a unique study for Steelers

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It’s not often a football player wants to spend an afternoon with a neurosurgeon, as it usually implies having baseline concussion tests or something similarly uncomfortable.

But Myron Rolle isn’t your average football player. So when he spent a recent afternoon shadowing Steelers neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, it came as no surprise.

“We saw about 20 patients,” said Rolle. “I have shadowed doctors before, but he is a very special doctor.”

Rolle is pretty special himself. The saying, a ‘gentleman and a scholar’ applies for the Steelers safety who was signed this offseason.

When football is over, he wants to pursue a career as a philanthropic neurosurgeon, travelling around the world to help those who need it the most, particularly in underdeveloped nations.

“When I was in sixth grade I read a book called ‘Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,’” said Rolle. “That inspired me to go into that field.”

He graduated from Florida State in a mere two and a half years, managing to balance school and football, without allowing either to suffer.

“It was about prioritizing and making sure I knew what was important,” said Rolle. “My parents always stressed the importance of academics and I did that since I was younger so that was routine for me. When I got to Florida State I knew I went there to earn my degree, set myself up as a future draft pick and make an impact in the community. Once I had that mindset and conceptualized that, it made putting the different items I had to do every day in order really easy.”

And if something was difficult, he still found a way to master it and turn it into something positive.

“The toughest class I had at Florida State was human biochemistry,” said Rolle. “It was so difficult I ended up doing research with the professor. We studied human mesenchymal stem cells and some cancer cells. I got a $6,000 grant to study those in the summer.

“The difficulty of the class attracted me to it. I had to go see a teacher for office hours to help. We developed a relationship and he brought the idea about doing the research and we picked it up from there.”

It was that ability to challenge and push himself to the limit and succeed that earned Rolle a Rhodes Scholarship, something awarded only to the best and the brightest.

Rolle had an interview for the Rhodes Scholarship on November, 22, 2008, the same day Florida State played at Maryland. Most people would choose one or the other. It’s no surprise Rolle not only choose both, but mastered both.

“It was remarkable, probably one of the best days of my life,” said Rolle, who used the Rhodes Scholarship to earn his master’s degree in medical anthropology from Oxford University. “I had a lot of support from Florida State, from the athletic department, making sure all I had to do was focus on the interview and show myself as a worthy candidate. Fortunately the result was in my favor as a Rhodes Scholar elect.

“After the interview I got on a private plane to head to Maryland for the game. And we won the game. It was two victories not only for me, but our university improving our academic image.”

While studying at Oxford was the perfect decision for Rolle for his medical future, it did delay his football future. He spent 2009 at Oxford not participating in athletics, missing football but having no regrets.

“Looking back at it, if I have any regrets it’s very short-lived and very transient,” said Rolle. “If you look at the big picture, I think I made the right decision for myself and my family, and for those that look at me as a role model for scholastics and athletics.”

Despite his accomplishments in the classroom, there is something Rolle still desires – to play in the NFL. Rolle was the Tennessee Titans sixth-round draft pick in 2010, spending a year on the practice squad, but was released by them prior to the 2011 season.

He signed a futures contact with the Steelers in January, and is now on the roster, just finishing up OTAs and mini-camp and preparing for training camp.

“I still have a love for the game,” said Rolle. “I still have athleticism in my corporal body to be able to contribute to a team. I am excited about this opportunity. Everything here is high tempo, high intensity. The coaches love the game. You get the feel that everybody loves it here. When I signed with Pittsburgh I had fans welcome me on Facebook and Twitter. It was overwhelming. To have that love and to give it back is something I want to do on the field, showing it every snap, 100 percent, doing everything I can.”

Rolle, 25, will be fighting to provide depth behind Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Will Allen and Ryan Mundy.

“Every time I step on the field it’s an opportunity,” said Rolle. “Every time I take a snap it’s my chance to show the coaches and organization that I can contribute here and earn a spot. There is a level I want to reach. There is a level every man needs to reach here to be a Steeler and a part of this team and I am just looking forward to grinding it out every day to get here.

“Hands down this is the best I have felt. I am learning a new system and around some inspired and enthusiastic coaches who want to see the best out of all of us. I feel like I am in a good position right now. I think the Lord has placed challenges in my football career that have helped me be a better player. I think there is an old adage that says, ‘Rough seas make a better sailor.’ I think I have gone through some rough seas in my athletic career and I am primed and ready to make an impact and hopefully earn a spot on this team.”

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Nuerosurgen after playing football? Wow. Maybe it's just me, but that's particularly scary.

Edit: Not that I don't support it. I support him. He's a smart kid. Just hope he avoids any hard hits.
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After reading more articles on Rolle, I retract my criticism of Rolle ... with a caveat.

I stand by my original criticism of anyone who announces "I want to be a neurosurgeon" without any basis as someone that is enamored with the accolades that come with that specialty. I would have expected Rolle to say, "I would like to be a physician" or "I would like to be a surgeon" - reflecting their genuine nature to help people by becoming a healer and not necessarily identify the one specialty that is euphemistically equivalent to "genius." Former RB Robert Smith and famous neurosurgeon Ben Carson were people that first aspired to become "physicians."

However, after reading about Rolle, it seems that his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon comes from his admiration for Ben Carson. I can accept that as a legitimate basis. Its natural to want to become the same specialty as his hero. Fine.

I did not know about his admiration for Dr. Carson when I first posted. And without that basis, his statement, to me, as someone that went through this process, seems utterly egotistical.

I still question his judgment of wanting to play professional football and incur the risk of concussions and physical injury and still want to go into a specialty that requires fine motor skills and all the brain cells possible.
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