From the Field to the Frontlines: Former NFL Player Fights COVID-19 as a Doctor
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From the Field to the Frontlines: Former NFL Player Fights COVID-19 as a Doctor

Myron Rolle — former NFL defensive back for the Tennessee Titians — is a physician fighting on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus. As a third-year neurosurgeon resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rolle is among the doctors and healthcare providers doing their best to save the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19.

According to People, Rolle was selected in the sixth round by the Tennesse Titians in the 2010 NFL draft, but after three seasons, he left football to go to medical school.

Hospitals around the country are operating at capacity and Massachusetts General Hospital is no different.

“Our neurosurgical floor has been transformed into a floor just full of COVID-19 patients,” Rolle told ESPN. “It is hectic, that’s for sure.”

Rolle has been documenting what it’s like to be a doctor during the pandemic via Instagram.

He explains how the Massachusetts General Hospital may have to adapt to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

“I was seeing so many individuals with respiratory distress and respiratory compromise, and the numbers are staggering. Our bed space, our operating rooms may even be turned into ICUs because there are so many people that are either positive with COVID-19 or suspected of having it,” he told ESPN.

People reports Rolle is also a Rhode Scholar who earned a degree in medical anthropology from Oxford University and was also named ACC Rookie of the Year as a star player at Florida State University.