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|Myron Rolle was cut by the Titans after one season on the practice squad.|
Rolle's case illuminates how archaic and dehumanizing the NFL's narrow conception of what makes a good player can be, how it forces unique people into rigid stereotypes and makes life-changing judgments about those who are different. To the NFL, people can only be athletic or smart, articulate or dumb, thuggish or timid. These false dichotomies confuse people when someone doesn't quite fit, when someone is both athletic and smart, or doesn't speak articulately but has very bright ideas, or is Richard Sherman. It doesn't make them worse football players, and often makes them better or more interesting human beings, but the NFL doesn't care about any of that. The league just wants guys who will play football, and play along.