KYLE ROTE’S COUSIN ALSO STARRED ON THE GRIDIRON

By Bartee Haile.

Barring a miracle, it looked like the season was over for Tobin Rote and his Detroit Lion teammates on Dec. 22, 1957, as they trudged to the locker room at half-time trailing the San Francisco 49ers by 20 points. The Rote cousins were born in San Antonio in 1928 only eight months apart with Tobin coming in January and Kyle arriving that October. They went to different high schools, but both were big stars on their respective football teams. Tobin graduated a year ahead of Kyle and accepted a scholarship to play for the Rice Owls in the Southwest Conference. The younger Rote also picked an SWC school, but his choice was Southern Methodist where he joined legendary Doak Walker in the Mustang backfield.
 
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