May 19, 2017 17:40 GMT by cnn.com

Myron Rolle's journey from NFL to neurosurgery

Myron Rolle, former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar, talks about concussions, his aspirations and starting his neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School.

Before him, "there hasn't really been anybody who I saw doing NFL and neurosurgery," the 6-foot-2 former NFL player said in an interview with CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Now, Rolle will be treating patients and training amid concerns and contention within the medical field about the safety of American football. He wants to help his two worlds -- medicine and football -- find common ground, he said.
Not until "toward the end of my career, I started to think about concussions and what the effects of repetitive concussions can do," he said.
"Football has done so much for me, given me friends, family, given me life lessons that now I can use in the operating room or just as a leader," he said. "I would hate to see it go, and I would love to see it around."
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