Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Kyle "The Mighty Mustang" Rote

Kyle "The Mighty Mustang" Rote


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Southern Methodist
  • High School: San Antonio, TX (Thomas Jefferson HS)
  • Years: 1948-1950
  • Inducted: 1964
  • Place of Birth: Bellevue, TX
  • Date of Birth: Oct 27, 1927
  • Place of Death: Baltimore, MD
  • Date of Death: Aug 14, 2002
  • Jersey Number: 44
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 190

Member Biography

The great Southern Methodist back Doak Walker, winner of the Heisman Award the previous season, was injured. No one would give the Mustangs much chance against undefeated Notre Dame that December afternoon in 1949. After all, in four years the Irish had rolled up a 35-0-2 record. They were supposedly invincible. Notre Dame won that day, too - scoring in the final minutes for a 27-20 decision. But Doak Walker's replacement, William Kyle Rote, had thrown fear into Irish hearts. In a brilliant performance, Rote ran for 115 yards, passed for another 146, scored all three SMU touchdowns and averaged 48 yards punting. The Touchdown Club of Washington, D. C. gave Rote an award for having the best single-game performance of the year. He scored 12 touchdowns in 1949, 13 in 1950. In 1950, he was a consensus All-America, second in the Heisman vote, had his picture on the cover of Life Magazine, rushed for 762 yards, and passed for 490. SMU in his time was 9-1-1 in 1948, 5-4-1 in 1949, 6-4 in 1950. At Southern Methodist he played on the baseball team and was president of Canterbury, a center for Episcopal students. He played minor league baseball in the summer of 1951, then joined the New York Giants in the National Football League. He was with the Giants 1951-61, was team captain, and made the Pro Bowl four times. Then he went into broadcasting at WNEW, New York. He was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Bellevue, Texas. He died Aug. 14, 2002.