Kyle Rote

William Kyle Rote, Sr. (October 27, 1928 – August 15, 2002) was an American football player, a running back and receiver for eleven years in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants. He was an All-American running back at Southern Methodist University and was the first overall selection of the 1951 NFL Draft. Following his playing career, Rote was the Giants backfield coach and was a sports broadcaster for WNEW radio, NBC, and WNBC New York.

Kyle Rote
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Rote in 1951
No. 44
Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:October 27, 1928
San Antonio, Texas
Died:August 15, 2002 (aged 73)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:San Antonio (TX) Jefferson
NFL Draft:1951 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Early life

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Rote was the son of Jack and Emma Belle (Owens) Rote. His family suffered tragedies during World War II; when he was 16, his mother was killed in a car accident and his older brother Jack was killed on Iwo Jima.

Rote attended Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, where he earned All-State honors in both football and basketball, while also being considered one of the region's brightest pro-baseball prospects. He was a running back in football, a guard in basketball, an outfielder in baseball, and a member of the track team.[1]

Collegiate career

After graduating from high school in 1947, Rote accepted an athletic scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he became one of the most celebrated collegiate football players in the country. In December 1949, in a near upset over eventual national champion Notre Dame, Rote ran for 115 yards, threw for 146 yards, and scored all three SMU touchdowns in a 27–20 loss. His performance was voted by the Texas Sportswriters Association as "The Outstanding Individual Performance by a Texas Athlete in the First Half of the 20th Century." Twenty-five years later, Notre Dame made Rote an "Honorary Member" of their Championship Team.

Rote still holds the national collegiate record for the longest punt. In the Cotton Bowl against Oregon in January 1949, SMU was on their own four-yard-line after a Norm Van Brocklin punt. Nearing halftime, Rote quick-kicked on first down from his own end zone, and the ball ended up 84 yards from the line of scrimmage, on the Oregon twelve.[2]

In his senior year at SMU in 1950, Rote was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, won by Vic Janowicz of Ohio State. While in college, Rote also played baseball and ran track for the Mustangs; he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964.

Immediately after graduation at SMU, Rote signed a contract with the Corpus Christi Aces of the Class B Gulf Coast Baseball League. In 23 games his batting average was .348.

National Football League career

The New York Giants selected Rote with the first overall pick in the 1951 NFL Draft. He started out as a running back, but after the first two years switched to wide receiver due to a knee injury. When Rote retired after the 1961 season, he had become the Giants' career leader in pass receptions (300), receiving yardage (4,805), and touchdown receptions (48). He was second highest in total touchdowns (56) and fifth-leading scorer (312 points). His average gain per catch was 15.9 yards. In all, Rote played in four world championship games, including the 1956 NFL Championship Game 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. Rote was the captain of the New York Giants for eight years.

Rote spearheaded the movement that became the NFL Players Association, fighting for equal opportunities for all players, so that all players of all races would receive equal treatment when the teams played on the road. Rote became the NFLPA's first elected president serving for several years, and also acted as the Giants team representative.

Rote was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, Texas Pro Football Hall of Fame, San Antonio Hall of Fame, Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame, Southwest Conference All-Time Team, and received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award. 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. The Professional Football Researchers Association named Rote to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2006 [3]

Rote retired in April 1962,[4] then was the Giants' backfield coach for two seasons; in both those years, New York captured the NFL's Eastern Division championship, a third consecutive in 1963, but fell in each of the title games.

Sportscasting career

While in the NFL, Rote spent the offseasons as the sports director for radio station WNEW. In the 1960s and early 1970s, like his former Giant teammates Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall, and Thomas Conlin, he enjoyed a second career as a sportscaster, working at NBC and WNBC New York on radio and television. Rote is generally believed to be the first athlete to use the popular slogan, "You cannot stop a great player like (ex. Jim Brown), you can only hope to contain him." The phrase is now used commonly to describe different players, and was made popular by former ESPN Sportscaster Dan Patrick, albeit jokingly, using the line to describe marginal competitors.

Personal life

Rote and his first wife, Elizabeth Jeanett Jamison, married in 1949 and had four children – Kyle, Gary, Chris, and Elizabeth. His oldest son, Kyle Rote, Jr., was one of the first notable soccer stars from the United States. He said of his father, "To me the most remarkable thing about him from a football standpoint was that he had fourteen teammates who named their sons after him." In 1965, Rote married Sharon Ritchie (Miss America 1956); they were divorced in 1973. Rote married Betty-Nina Langmack in 1976.

Rote was the cousin of Tobin Rote, a multi-championship winning and record holding AFL and NFL quarterback.

Rote authored the books, Pro Football for the Fans and The Language of Pro Football, and wrote the Giants Fight Song. He also published two volumes of poetry, was an ASCAP songwriter, accomplished pianist, and oil painter having a number of his works shown at museums throughout the United States.

See also


  1. ^ Rick Alonzo. "Kyle Rote: 1928–2002 – SMU, NFL great called 'whole package' – Versatile player turned broadcaster dies of pneumonia at 73," The Dallas Morning News, August 16, 2002, page 1A.
  2. ^ "Oregon-SMU play-by-play in Cotton Bowl". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). January 2, 1949. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Hall of Very Good Class of 2006". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rote quits as player, takes coaching job". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. April 17, 1962. p. 2.

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1949 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1949 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season game between the SMU Mustangs and the Oregon Webfoots. 20 points were scored in the final quarter.

1968 New York Jets season

The 1968 New York Jets season was the ninth season for the team in the American Football League (AFL). The team had the most successful season in franchise history. Trying to improve upon their 8–5–1 record of 1967, they won the AFL Eastern Division with an 11–3 record. They defeated the defending champion Oakland Raiders in the AFL championship game, and earned the right to play in Super Bowl III against the NFL champion Baltimore Colts. In a stunning upset, marked by fourth-year quarterback Joe Namath's famous "guarantee" of victory, the Jets defeated the heavily favored Colts 16–7. The Jets have yet to return to the Super Bowl and makes them along with the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the only teams to have been to just one Super Bowl and win it.

On April 2, 2007, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1968 New York Jets, with team commentary from Joe Namath, Gerry Philbin and Don Maynard, and narrated by Alec Baldwin.

1973 North American Soccer League season

Statistics of North American Soccer League in season 1973. This was the 6th season of the NASL.

2010 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Class

These are the results for the voting for the National Soccer Hall of Fame 2010 induction class. Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljević were selected for the Player category, Kyle Rote, Jr. as a Veteran and Bruce Arena as a Builder.

The Hall of Fame inducts individuals in three categories, Player, Veteran and Builder. The Hall of Fame also selects individuals for special awards including the Colin Jose Media Award, Eddie Pearson Award and a Medal of Honor.

Chip Cipolla

Frank "Chip" Cipolla (August 24, 1926 – July 10, 1994) was an American radio announcer for the New York Football Giants and other professional sports teams in the New York City area.Cipolla was born in the Bronx, the son of Italian-Americans Henry Cipolla and Rose DiSanto Cipolla. He had a sister, Gloria Rocks.A graduate of Fordham University, class of 1950, Cipolla worked for 19 years at WNEW Radio. From 1960-65 he served as the station's sports editor. He was a color commentator for the Giants, as part of the broadcasting team that included Marty Glickman, Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote. He was also a regular on WNEW's highly rated morning program, Klavan & Finch. On November 9, 1965, WNEW pressed Cipolla into duty as a street reporter during the Northeastern blackout, reporting from various Manhattan locations much of the night. Cipolla later did the morning news on the Jay Thomas Show on 92.3 WKTU in New York in the early 80's.

He later broadcast games of the New York Mets, New York Rangers, New Jersey Nets and New York Cosmos, the North American Soccer League team which presented him with a 1972 championship ring.

Cipolla was inducted into the Fordham University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981.

Cipolla died of cancer at Lenox Hill Hospital, aged 67.

Dallas Tornado

The Dallas Tornado was a soccer team based in Dallas that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1967 to 1981. Of the twelve teams that comprised the USA in 1967, the Tornado franchise played the longest–15 seasons.

Their home fields were Cotton Bowl (1967–1968), P.C. Cobb Stadium (1969), Franklin Field (1970–1971), Texas Stadium (1972–1975, 1980–1981) and Ownby Stadium on the SMU campus (1976–1979). The club played Indoor soccer at Reunion Arena for one season (1980–81), and hosted the two-day 1975 Regionals at Fair Park Coliseum.

Houston Hurricane

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Jim Duncan (defensive end)

James Hampton Duncan (May 2, 1924 – January 5, 2011) was an American gridiron football player and coach.

After playing for the Duke Blue Devils under Wallace Wade in 1946, Duncan spent three seasons as a standout defensive lineman for Peahead Walker's Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He was an All-Southern Conference player all three years at Wake Forest and was the team MVP in 1949.

Duncan was a linebacker and defensive end for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1950 to 1955. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in both the 1948 and 1949 NFL drafts while also being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the ninth round of the 1950 NFL Draft. He was named Giants co-captain, along with Kyle Rote in 1954. He missed the entire season due to an injury and was cut by the team the following season.

Duncan was the 13th head football coach at Appalachian State Teachers College—now known as Appalachian State University—located in the town of Boone, North Carolina, serving from 1960 to 1964. He had a 31–15–2 as the Mountaineers head coach. On December 4, 1964, Duncan resigned as head football coach at Appalachian State.In 1965, Duncan joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) as an assistant under head coach Eagle Keys. He was with the team when they defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 54th Grey Cup and when the team lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 55th Grey Cup.

Duncan became head coach of the Calgary Stampeders in 1969, replacing Jerry Williams who left the team to join the Philadelphia Eagles. Duncan's stint with the Stamps resulted in two Grey Cup appearances; one win (59th) and one loss (58th). Duncan was fired in 1973 after back to back 6–10 seasons. His overall record with Calgary was 39–40–1.

After his dismissal, Duncan was hired by a group from London, Ontario, who hoped to bring professional football to their city, and was later hired as executive assistant of the Portland Storm of the World Football League (WFL).

Duncan died from complications of Alzheimer's disease in 2011 at the age of 86.

Kyle Rote Jr.

Kyle Rote Jr. (born December 25, 1950) is a retired American soccer forward who played seven seasons in the North American Soccer League and earned five caps with the United States men's national soccer team between 1973 and 1975. He led the NASL in scoring in 1973. He later coached the Memphis Americans of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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List of Orange Bowl broadcasters

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List of Super Bowl broadcasters

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Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Rote can refer to:

PeopleJason Butler Rote, American TV writer

Kyle Rote (1928–2002), American football player and father of:

Kyle Rote, Jr. (born 1950), American soccer player

Ryan Rote (born 1982), baseball pitcher

Tobin Rote (1928–2000), American quarterback in the National, American and Canadian Football LeaguesOther uses:

Rote learning

Rote Island, an island in Indonesia

Crwth, a Welsh instrument

Return on tangible equity, an economic concept

Sharon Ritchie

Sharon Kay Ritchie (born January 12, 1937) was Miss America in 1956.

The Marketing Arm

The Marketing Arm is a marketing and promotion agency owned by Omnicom Group. With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and London. The agency specializes in entertainment, sports, cause, event and digital marketing.

Founded in 1992 by former ProServ and Talent Sports International executive Ray Clark, The Marketing Arm was created as the event and corporate sports marketing division of Athletic Resource Management Inc. (ARM), a successful Memphis-based sports agency headed by Jimmy Sexton and Kyle Rote, Jr., a former professional soccer player in the NASL. Rote's father, Kyle Rote Sr., starred in the NFL during the 1950s before serving as the first president of the NFL Players Association.

Omnicom Group acquired The Marketing Arm in June 1999. In 2003, The Marketing Arm joined event operations with U.S. Marketing & Promotions (Usmp), an Omnicom sister agency based in Torrance, Calif. founded by Jason Moskowitz and Michael Napoliello. Usmp now serves as The Marketing Arm's event unit, specializing in field sales, experiential marketing, and “retailtainment,” a promotional technique that combines retail and entertainment to create an entertaining shopping experience.

In 2004, The Marketing Arm merged its sports consulting division with Millsport, a leading sports marketing firm owned by Omnicom, to form an agency retaining the Millsport brand name. Founded in 1975 by Jim Millman, Millsport was a pioneer in using sports sponsorship as a branding tool.Los Angeles-based agency Davie Brown Entertainment, which was founded in 1985 and acquired by Omnicom in 2001, joined The Marketing Arm next. In 2006, Davie Brown's talent division created the Davie-Brown Index (DBI), a celebrity index that determines a celebrity’s ability to influence brand affinity and consumer purchase intent.Founded in June 2001 by Nihal Mehta and Mike Jelley, mobile marketing agency Ipsh joined The Marketing Arm in October 2005. Ipsh creates and manages mobile marketing campaigns on a global scale including SMS, MMS, Mobile Advergaming, Application Development, Bluetooth (Bluecasting), WAP sites and WAP media planning and buying.

In June 2006, the company was recognized by the editors of PROMO magazine as the No. 1 marketing agency in the U.S. in its rankings of the top 100 agencies. The PROMO 100 annually recognizes the nation’s top marketing firms on the basis of net revenues, two-year growth, and the quality and results of campaign work. In addition to its No. 1 overall ranking, The Marketing Arm was the top-ranked agency in terms of two-year growth (729.6%), and earned a top 10 ranking for its campaign work (strategy, execution, creativity, scope, and results). In 2010, the agency topped PROMO magazine's list of "most creative" agencies.In 2011, Omnicom acquired Fanscape, a social media agency, and merged it into The Marketing Arm.Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal named The Marketing Arm the "Best in Sports Event and Experiential Marketing" in 2011. The following year, the publication tapped the agency as the "Best in Corporate Consulting." That same year, The Marketing Arm was named "Agency of the Year" by the editors of Chief Marketer magazine.The agency is credited with creating the Doritos "Crash the Super Bowl" promotion, which has earned a number of industry accolades, including a Gold Lion at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. In 2013, the agency won two Lions at Cannes for its work on the "Uncle Drew" film for Pepsi Max.


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