Rhodes Scholar Rolle Picks Oxford Over NFL

Puts pro career on hold until 2010
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 1:53 AM CST
Smartypants Florida State safety Myron Rolle is putting his NFL career on hold to go to England's Oxford University.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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(Newser) – Former Florida State star safety Myron Rolle is skipping the NFL to head instead to England's prestigious Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, reports the New York Times. Rolle, who hails from New Jersey, is the most prominent college athlete since Bill Bradley in 1965 to win a Rhodes scholarship.

“I’m very excited to go,” Rolle wrote in a text message to the Times. He expects to take part in the 2010 NFL draft after earning a masters degree in medical anthropology at Oxford. His long-term aim is to open a clinic for the needy in the Bahamas.