What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions

Apparently, The NFL Doesn’t Like Smart Guys

It took until the 6th round until somebody drafted Florida State safety Myron Rolle. Really, this is only about three rounds behind where he should have been selected. Normally, one sees a Seminole dropping in the draft and wonders what is on his rap sheet. Strangely enough, we finally found a Seminole with a brain; naturally Rolle needed to be punished for this.

For those of you unfamiliar, Myron Rolle is a jet-screaming genius. As a guy who aspires to both the National Football League and medical school, while playing saftey for FSU Rolle completed all necessary requirements to earn his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in just 2.5 years with a 3.75 grade point average. Then he was only one of 32 Americans to win Rhodes Scholarship. Back in January of 2009, Rolle announced that he will first study at the University of Oxford for the 2009–10 academic year, earning an M.A. in medical anthropology and then enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

Rolle: A potential poster child for the NFL, but only if he loses the ascot.

Naturally, the NFL being knee-deep in thugs, has no need for such intelligence.

This really is just another example of how the process of grading players going into the draft has become the definition of absurd; a complete convolution caused by the fact NFL draft picks now get guaranteed money despite the fact they often don’t guarantee performance and we have sports networks that have 24 hours of cable TV time to fill. 

This is how we get the latest example of NFL stupidity. It seems that Myron Rolle, drafted 207th by the Tennessee Titans, committed a huge affront in the eyes of NFL scouts and executives by spending the 2009 season at Oxford rather than Florida State. If you doubt that, take a peek at what Tampa Bay Buccaneer staffers treated him to during the scouting process:

During a 45-minute interview before the Senior Bowl in January with seven members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff, including head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik, one member of the staff asked Rolle what it felt like to desert his team this season.

Don’t think the stupidity stops there. The league itself had to chime in via its website to offer an assessment of Rolle’s time in England:

Rolle missed entire 2009 collegiate season studying in Oxford (Rhodes scholarship), raising questions about his long-term desire to play football.

So, what we have here is a league that now is trying to clean up its image as far as off-field behavior is concerned by completely messing with a guy who should be its poster child. What ever would the NFL do if headlines about its players quit implying one of them raped an entire sorority? Would they get upset over a headline like “NFL Player Wins Nobel Prize?”

You would think so being as NFL scouts clearly treat intelligence as a detriment.

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