Oct. 26, 2011
Former Rice University quarterback Tobin Rote, who led the Owls to a top-five national finish and a Cotton Bowl championship, is one of ten sports legends who have been selected as members of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies. The announcement was made Texas Football Magazine founder Dave Campbell, the chairman of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Committee.
Rote was selected along with Texas head coach Mack Brown, former Houston All America quarterback Andre Ware, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair, former All Pro defensive lineman Bubba Smith, former All Pro tight end Dave Parks, professional golfer Fred Couples, legendary HS football coach G. A. Moore, Jr. and former Texas A&M softball All America Shawn Andaya.
A native of San Antonio, TX, Rote led SA Harlandale HS to regional titles in 1944 & 1945 before coming to Rice Institute where he was a four-year letterman (1946-49). He quarterbacked Rice to its first 10-win season and a No. 5 ranking in the final Associated Press poll in his senior year. He also the won the SWC javelin championship in both 1949 & 1950.
He was drafted in the second round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and played a total of 16 seasons of professional football Green Bay (1950-56), Detroit (1957-59), San Diego (1963 & 1964) and Denver (1966) and also played for three seasons with Toronto of the CFL (1960-62). Rote led the 1957 Lions to an NFL title and the 1963 Chargers to the AFL crown, becoming the only quarterback to lead teams to titles in the two leagues. He earned AFL MVP honors in 1963. While with the Packers, Rote and former Owl teammate Bill Howton combined to form one of the league's top passing duos.
Rote returned to Rice in 1971 for one season as an assistant coach on Al Conover's staff. He passed away in June of 2000.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held in February 2012. The exact date, time, and ticket prices will be announced at a later date check www.tshof.org for updates