At one point in Myron Rolle‘s college football campaign, he might have thought that he would be hearing his name tonight as a first round pick in the NFL Draft. At the end of 2008, when many were wondering if Rolle would go pro or take up an offer to attend Oxford University, a lot of analysts had Rolle as the #1 strong safety available. After Rolle chose to attend Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, I believed that Rolle would be an agent’s dream client. When I found out that Leigh Steinberg sits on the board of directors for Myron Rolle’s nonprofit foundation, I figured Steinberg would be representing the Rhodes Scholar. Rolle went ahead and signed with Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, and his primary agent became Jeremiah Donati.
A couple of weeks ago, Rolle dropped Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment for Joel Segal of BEST. Rolle understood that it was his decision to attend Oxford and that if NFL scouts had a problem with that, he was the only person to blame for it. However, Rolle didn’t think that only one team would attend his pre-Draft workout. He also did not like the way that Steinberg & Co. were branding him. Rolle was quoted as saying,
“They [Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment] tried to market me as the athletic (President) Obama, which was fine. I feel that people who pick up on my story — teachers, children, peers, parents — they recognize that this young man’s a true student-athlete.”
Again, the problem was branding. Rolle wants to be seen as a football player, not someone who is going to change the world outside of the football field (at least for now). He is hoping that the switch to BEST will help people realize that all he cares about, right now, is adding value to a professional football team.