Kyle Rote

Player of American Football
Born Oct 27, 1928

William Kyle Rote, Sr. was an All-American running back at Southern Methodist University, Class of 1951, played for 11 years for the New York Giants, 1951-1961. Following his playing career, Rote served as the Giants backfield coach and was sports broadcaster for WNEW radio, NBC, and WNBC New York.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on October 27, 1928.


1947 18 Years Old After graduating from high school in 1947, Rote accepted an athletic scholarship to Southern Methodist University where he became one of the most celebrated collegiate football players in the country.


In a historic game in 1949, in a near upset by SMU over Notre Dame, Rote ran for 115 yards, threw for 146 yards and scored all three SMU touchdowns in a 27-20 loss. … Read More
1951 22 Years Old The New York Giants selected Rote with the first pick in the 1951 NFL Draft. … Read More
1956 27 Years Old In all, Rote played in four world championship games, including the 1956 NFL Championship against the Chicago Bears, and the 1958 game won by the Baltimore Colts in sudden-death overtime 23-17, known as The Greatest Game, the first ever nationally televised NFL championship game. … Read More


1961 32 Years Old Following his playing career in 1961, Rote served as the Giants backfield coach for two years and in both those years New York captured the NFL's Eastern Division championship. … Read More
1965 36 Years Old In 1965, Rote married Sharon Ritchie (Miss America 1956); they were divorced in 1973.


1976 47 Years Old Rote married Betty-Nina Langmack in 1976. … Read More


1995 66 Years Old In 1995, Rote was named as wide receiver on the All-Time Giants Team in conjunction with the 75th celebration of the founding of the NFL.
2002 74 Years Old Died on August 15, 2002.
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