Galloway Township's Rolle likes his chances of making Steelers

Steelers safety Myron Rolle (47) defends against Eagles receiver Jamel Hamler during a preseason game this month in Philadelphia. The Steelers cut Rolle today.

The Pittsburgh Steelers released safety Myron Rolle today, the team announced on its website.

Rolle, a Rhodes scholar who is from Galloway Township but played his high school football for The Hun School in Princeton, signed with the Steelers earlier this year.

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Rolle was among 15 players the Steelers cut today to get to the NFL roster limit of 75. All teams will have to make additional cuts to get to the league's regular-season roster limit of 53 by 9 p.m. Friday.

Rolle, 25, enjoyed a standout college career at Florida State University but bypassed his final season with the Seminoles upon earning a Rhodes scholarship that allowed him to get a master's degree in medical anthropology from Oxford in England. That prompted some NFL executives to question his dedication to football and was one reason he wasn't drafted until the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans in 2010.

Rolle spent the entire 2010 NFL season on the Titans' practice squad. He was out of football in 2011 after the Titans released him at the end of the preseason. Then the Steelers signed him to a one-year contract for $465,000 this past Jan. 31.

On Aug. 9, Rolle got to play before family, friends and former coaches when the Steelers opened their preaseason against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Rolle told The Press of Atlantic City then that he was putting in a lot of work on special teams in his bid to make the Steelers' opening-day roster.

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