Years ago Myron Rolle gave up football for a career in medicine. Now he's using his expertise to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Rhodes Scholar and Tennessee Titans Safety is now a third year doctor and neurosurgeon and lives in Boston on the front line of the Massachusetts General Hospital.
"I went to the emergency room and when I walked through the emergency room I saw so many people with shortness of breath and compromised breathing, and the numbers are breathtaking," Rolle told ESPN. “Our neurosurgical floor has been transformed into a floor full of COVID-19 patients.
"It's hectic, that's for sure," he continued.
According to Rolle, the operating rooms of his neurosurgical department could become intensive care units due to the exponentially increasing number of coronavirus patients.
After graduating in Florida in three years, he spent his senior year at Oxford University. In 2010 he was drafted by the titans, but never played in regular season games. He retired in favor of the medical school in 2013, but says football has influenced his work in the operating room.
"Football never left me," said Rolle. "I still wake up in the morning and imagine the operating room like a game as if it were Showtime. Let us perform." I have to do what I have to do because people are counting on us. This is our time to help very sick people. This motivation drives me on every day. "
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