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Myron Rolle on Ponder: 'He's borderline genius'

Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:11 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Christian Ponder didn't -- at least according to one expert opinion -- get off to the greatest start on Satruday night as Minnesota lost his debut to Tennessee 14-3. But that doesn't mean he can't become a good, great or just plain smart quarterback.

Or all of the above. According to Myron Rolle, that should be easy. Rolle, Ponder's former teammate at Florida State and a Titans safety, says the Vikings quarterback is, in fact, "borderline genius."

"He’s a very smart person, incredibly smart, one of the smartest I've met," Rolle said Satruday, per John Glennon of The Tennessean. "He’s borderline genius. So I don’t think it will be an issue for him at all to get adjusted mentally to the [professional] game."

If there's one NFL player (or human being in general, actually) who knows a thing or two about being intelligent it's Rolle.

Rolle, a Florida State graduate and former freshman All-American, eschewed the 2009 NFL Draft to pick up a Masters of Science in Oxford and then entered the 2010 draft, where Tennessee took him in the sixth round.

So, yeah, if you're talking about big brains, Rolle's a guy you want to check in with. And he worked with Ponder for some time in Tallahassee so while there's potential for bias, but it's pretty hard to argue with since, as Glennon points out, Ponder's got his bachelor degree, an MBA degree and is casually still rolling through FSU's sports management program.

"He has a mind outside of just book-smart," Rolle said of Ponder. "What I like to call it is applied knowledge. He can understand things. He grasped our teams at Florida State very quickly. He grasped social concepts at Florida State very quickly. He’s very impressive."

And, as Rolle points out, he's in a pretty good situation for applying said knowledge. Sitting behind Donovan McNabb and learning the Vikings offense, adjusting to the speed of the NFL game and growing into a professional quarterback.

Absolute worst-case scenario? It doesn't work out for Ponder and, like Rolle, he falls back on one of his many collegiate degrees to earn a nice living elsewhere, which is the real advantage of being a smart NFL player.

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Myron Rolle on Ponder: 'He's borderline genius'

If Favre were smart he would probably have 3 or 4 Superbowl rings, and Bradshaw 7 or 8. It's too bad that 99% of the time athletic ability and brains are divergently opposed entities. The world is composed of Jocks and Nerds, rarely do you find both in the same package. Look at Blacks and Asians for example, ones all physical prowess, the other is all brains and small wimpy bodies.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Myron Rolle on Ponder: 'He's borderline genius'

Why is this news? Can anyone make any random comment and have a detailed article printed up about it? Christian Ponder probably won't ever be a starter in the NFL, unless his team has a 6 win or less season. Myron Rolle will probably be in the same boat. Regardless, good luck to both players.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Myron Rolle on Ponder: 'He's borderline genius'

<strong><em>how do we explain guys like Terry Bradshaw and Brett Favre?</em></strong><br /><br />Crawfish.




Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Myron Rolle on Ponder: 'He's borderline genius'

Obviously being smart didn't stop him from turning out to be a pretty decnt QB. I'm not at all certain why his being smart is an irritation to ppl. Given the choice I'd hope most of us would want to be smart at least if not smart and athletic. Stay up Chris! They hatin'. After all the drama here in Minny it's calming to have a degree of procession in place. Chiefs on 2.



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Myron Rolle on Ponder: 'He's borderline genius'

If being super smart is one of the most telling qualities for becoming a successful QB, then how do we explain guys like Terry Bradshaw and Brett Favre?


This article is mearly stating the opinion that being smart in the academic field helps a QB learn and process that knowledge to project onto the football field.  No one is stating that Ponder is going to be great because he will figure in the arc length and time it takes by using the velocity/gravity of a thrown pass to an open receiver running at (x) mph before each pass. 

Obiviously the NFL, coaches, writers and fanbase knows it takes more than just smarts to be a great QB.



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