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Myron Rolle

Class of 2017

Hometown: Galloway Township, N.J.
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University
Graduate Degree: Oxford University

Myron Rolle maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school at The Hun School of Princeton and was rated by ESPN as the #1 football recruit in the U.S. in 2006. He selected Florida State University, where he became an Associated Press Football All-American and BET Male College Athlete of the Year in 2008. Rolle graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in exercise science for pre-med in just 2.5 years. Upon undergraduate graduation, Rolle won the coveted Cecil J. Rhodes Scholarship and earned the MSc in medical anthropology from Oxford University in 2009. He returned to the U.S. in 2010 and was drafted into the National Football League by the Tennessee Titans – one of only three people in history to ever be a Rhodes Scholar and NFL player. He finished his playing career three years later with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Outside of academia and sport, Rolle is the chairman of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, which serves the underserved in areas of health, wellness and education in the U.S. and around the world. The Myron L. Rolle Foundation currently hosts the Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy for Florida foster children, "Rhodes to Success" (an academic workshop for at-risk teenagers) and "Our Way to Health" (an anti-obesity program for American Indians of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo tribes). Rolle’s future project, and most ambitious, includes aiding the medical infrastructure of Exuma – the birthplace of his maternal and paternal grandparents – by creating a free health clinic in Steventon. He is a member of the President Clinton Global Initiative Lead team, which has traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on humanitarian efforts. He is the youngest ever trustee at Hampden Sydney College and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.