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The folks at NFL Fanhouse say that teams were worried about Myronn Rolle’s commitment to football due to the fact that he is intelligent and a Rhodes Scholar. Here’s what they had to say.

Because the thinking goes — and we’re defining “thinking” broadly here since many of the scouts, coaches and executives making these comments would be pumping gas for a living without football — that Rolle is too smart, that his priorities in life don’t revolve entirely around a pigskin bouncing on a field.

Welcome to the 21st century NFL, where your commitment to the game doesn’t get questioned if you fail multiple drug tests, drive drunk or rape a woman. But woe unto you if you have the audacity to graduate early from college and take a year off to pursue a Rhodes Scholarship. Then you’re a smart guy, the NFL’s own version of the untouchable caste in India. That’s why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including head coach Raheem Morris, could ask Rolle at the Senior Bowl how it felt to desert his teammates for his senior season.

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