From The Field To The Operating Room

Former professional football player and now a doctor is on the frontlines of COVID-19


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Myron Rolle had very successful football career and now has turned around and became a very successful doctor. He is taking a major role in fighting the COVID-19 over on the east coast

Athletes around the world are all stepping up to help fight COVID-19. The story of this former football player might be the most amazing of them all. Taking what he learned on the field and taking those lessons into the hospital to do whatever he can to make a difference.

Myron Rolle is a former defensive back for the Florida State Seminoles who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth of the 2010 draft. Rolle played until 2013 when he then retired and began the next chapter of his life and attended medical school. He is now a doctor and third-year neurosurgery resident based out of Boston.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that is very contagious. Symptoms appear within 14 days after being exposed. The main symptoms to look out for are a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Now a lot of people don’t even know they have it which is just causing it to spread even more.

This disease is causing hospitals to overflow, so they need all the help they can get. Rolle sees firsthand the impact that the virus has on people.

“I went down to the emergency department, and as I was walking through the emergency department I was seeing so many individuals with respiratory distress and respiratory compromise, and the numbers are staggering,” Rolle told ESPN. “Our neurosurgical floor has been transformed into a floor just full of COVID-19 patients.”

Rolle is on the frontlines fighting this horrific disease doing what he can to keep Massachusetts case rate down and even though he works in the neurosurgery area. They are even turning his department into an ICU area for all the patients coming in with respiratory issues.

All the things he has learned from being an athlete at both the college level and the professional level are coming into play during this pandemic.

“Football has never left me,” Rolle said, who is now 33.

He said to Fox News, “I still wake up in the morning and think of the operating room like a game, like it’s showtime, let’s perform. I gotta do what I gotta do because people are counting on us right now. This is our time to help very sick people. So that motivation continues to drive me every single day.”

What Myron Rolle is doing is unbelievable and he is setting a great example for athletes all over the world. Taking what you learn in sports and putting it towards a passion and career that saves lives is incredible. Myron Rolle has started a new evolution of athletes.