NFL players have provided us with some iconic moments over the years, but while the sport has been put on hold because of obvious reasons, they are finding other productive ways to spend their time. One former player has decided to use his other qualifications to help out during the global pandemic.
Keep reading to see what heartwarming moment inspired this man to risk his life out on the frontline…
And it builds superstar players such as Myron Rolle, who found his drive and determination through the sport.
The first-ever Super Bowl game kicked off in ’67, though it was originally called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” which isn’t quite as catchy, is it?
Complete with celebrity-studded halftime shows, eye-wateringly expensive ad slots, and of course, some great football to go along with it – there’s no doubt the Superbowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
Originally, the game took place in early to mid-January, but now it takes place on the first Sunday in February due to the current NFL schedule.
The Super Bowl frequently tops the ranks as the most-watched broadcast in the US – firmly cementing itself as America’s most-watched game and most definitely earning a grand name for the NFL.
That the 2015 game still holds the title as the most-watched US telecast of all time, with a staggering viewership of 114.4 million, according to CNN.
The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world, coming in second to the UEFA Champions League final.
Myron Rolle, a former NFL superstar decided to trade the protective helmet for a medical mask.
Even though he was born in Texas, he spent a few years in his home in the Bahamas before moving to the United States permanently.
When he started playing high school football at the Hun School of Princeton, he started receiving a lot of positive reviews from those who came to watch.
And the accolades just kept on coming as he also won the prestigious award known as “Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy”, the premier African-American scholar/athlete.
The former Titans player decided he would try his hand out in academics too, opting to study medicine.
At first, he decided he was going to just postpone his career in the NFL so he could go and study medical anthropology at Oxford University but later decided to hang up his helmet altogether.
He decided to enroll at Florida State University College of Medicine and a few years later was accepted to a neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
And since then, the third-year neurosurgery resident has been working out on the front lines trying to save people’s lives.
“Our neurosurgical floor has been transformed into a floor just full of [virus] patients. It is hectic, that’s for sure.”
“I was seeing so many individuals with respiratory distress and respiratory compromise, and the numbers are staggering. Our bed space, our operating rooms may even be turned into ICUs because there are so many people that are either positive… or suspected of having it.”
“Football has never left me. I still wake up in the morning and think of the operating room like a game, like it’s showtime let’s perform,” Rolle said. “I got to do what I got to do because people are counting on us right now. This is our time to help very sick people. And so that motivation continues to drive me every single day.”
“Coming off a 24hr shift. Our hospital has enacted a mandatory “mask on” at all times policy. Future already told us to keep our “mask on” and give out prescription pills when indicated lol. For real though..stay safe, everyone. Do your part. #2% #RepTheSetGottaRepTheSet #FlattenTheCurve.”
Many people have flocked to his Instagram to leave him kind and comforting messages. Now it’s time to do your bit. Stay home. Protect healthcare professionals. Stay safe.
Keep scrolling to read more heartwarming stories about how people are helping the most vulnerable people in our society…