by Michael Marot

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Safety Myron Rolle figured out the proper balance between football and academics long ago.

His priority: Becoming a neurosurgeon after football ends in 10 to 12 years.

So could his passion for football wind up ruining the precious hands of a future surgeon?

‘ROLLE’ MODEL —Florida State safety and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle waits for for NFL draft.

“That’s not something I really worry about,” Rolle said Sunday at the NFL’s annual scouting combine. “When I’m on the football field, I’m a football player. I’m tough, I’m physical, I’m aggressive and I like contact. I want to do some violent things on the field. That’s the total opposite of how you need to be as a neurosurgeon.”

Anyone who has walked through an NFL locker room has seen fingers that are, well, bent out of shape.

Rolle insists this dual-career path can happen. He has not played football since 2008 because he spent the past year studying as a Rhodes Scholar in England. To stay in shape, Rolle played rugby, then returned to the U.S. in December to start preparing for the NFL draft.

Last month, he worked out for scouts at the Senior Bowl and now he’s in Indy trying to wow them with pure athleticism.

But Rolle’s outspoken desire for life after football is also creating plenty of questions about his devotion to the sport.

“My answer to them (scouts), which is a genuine and truthful answer, is that I think my pursuits academically have helped me in football,” Rolle said. “You learn discipline, you learn time management, you learn structure, you learn organization and as a football player those are obviously valuable assets and traits you can use to be great whether in film studies or on the field.”

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