From Defensive Line to the Front line
Myron Rolle, a former defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, is experiencing the impact of COVID-19 firsthand .
In 2013, Myron Rolle decided to continue his journey off of the football field and focus on his path in the medical field. He is now a third year, neurosurgery resident at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital and is getting a firsthand experience on the impact of COVID-19.
In an article from the Bleacher Report, Rolle once talked about how he wanted to use his medical career to help emphasize player safety on the field. He said
“The fundamentals have to be emphasized: tackling the correct way, Having the right equipment and Making sure that you don’t have very violent practices ..”
But ever since hospitals have been overrun with COVID-19 cases , the “right equipment” is extremely limited right now. And to make matters worse, now even those limited supplies are rapidly dwindling.
In this video posted by ESPN, Rolle walks through the hospital and gives us a glimpse of what it is like to be in the forefront of it all. What was once a neurosurgical floor has now been completely transformed into a floor just for Covid-19 patients. The once full cabinet of mandatory protective masks .. are now just bare shelves. It is a scene that is becoming more and more common as the days progress.
As Myron Rolle walks back into what will likely be another 24 hour shift in the hospital, he says
“Football has never left me. I still wake up in the morning and think of the operating room like a game. It’s showtime. let’s perform . We gotta do what we got to do, because people are counting on us right now. This is our time to help very sick people. That is the motivation that continues to drive me every …. single…. day”
Thank you Myron for everything you have done both on and off the field and to all of the essential workers, health care providers, volunteers and everyone doing everything they can during this crisis. All of us here at NFL Alumni, thank you.