NEW YORK — No one can understand exactly what Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle has gone through the past couple years.
There is one person, however, that can relate somewhat to Rolle’s experience: Former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Pat Haden, a fellow Rhodes Scholar in 1978. Although times were different then (he actually started his NFL career in 1976, and did his Rhodes Scholarship in the offseason two years later), Haden, who was fondly nicknamed Oxford by his old Rams teammates, was still able to impart some knowledge on the Florida State safety.
“What you’ll find out is that in the locker room, at least in my case, you become the ultimate arbiter of every intellectual discussion,” warned Haden, before quickly adding with a chuckle, “Not that there are many!”
“But it could be the spelling of a word, it could be the capital of a state, and so it would be like ‘Bring Oxford over!’, and I think it’s going to be like that for you too.”
Rolle, who met with Haden and Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday as part of a trip set up by his marketing agent, is not staying for the draft and will watch at home with his family. He did reflect, though, on one memorable moment from his time in New York.
“I met with Kenny Dichter! I’m a huge fan of (HBO’s) Entourage show, and his name is always on that show. I was like ‘Hey you want to give me a part, give me a cameo?’”
So for all those Entourage fans, stay tuned, maybe Rolle can add the show to his resume, right alongside Rhodes Scholar and NFL player.
– Jason Feller