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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A Good Head on His Shoulders

The number one high school football player in the country is going to sign a letter of intention today, and the announcement is going to be made live on ESPN. And Myron Rolle is number one for a reason- excells at any position he's asked to play, faster than other players his size, stronger than players larger than him.

This fanfare is nothing new. It happens every year (although there seems to be more and more hype each year). What is new is that this kid seems to have a good head on his shoulders. What do I mean? Well, Myron Rolle has a 4.0 GPA at a prestigious Ivy League prep school in New Jersey, and he has plans for his future. Yes, the NFL is part of those plans (after hopefully graduating from college in 3 years- he's taking college level courses in high school now) , but those are far from the only dreams he has. Once his football career is over, he wants to go to medical school and become a doctor.

And, that's not all. Like Marvin Williams, Myron is a Believer who isn't afraid to talk about it.
Rolle has time and again expressed his love for God and family with an amazing sense of thankfulness and humility towards all the media attention around him. In a day and age when respect, honor and integrity appear to be lacking so greatly in young America, Myron Rolle bucks the trend with the footprints of an emerging titan.
I'm not sure I agree with the writer's contention that respect, honor and integrity are lacking in young America. I will agree that those character traits are not as common as they once were, but I believe that they are more common in this group of kids than in their immediate elders. In the same way that the youth of America are more conservative than the Gen Xers, they are also more polite and respectful. I think one leads to the other. And with young people like Myron Rolle and Marvin Williams providing positive examples, they can only get better.

I wish Myron Rolle all the best in everything- his academic pursuits, his college (and hopefully NFL) career, and his personal and spiritual life. I will definitely be watching his career. When I read stories like his, I can't help but smile and think "that kid's alright."

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