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Date of Birth 27 October 1928San Antonio, Texas, USA
Date of Death 14 August 2002Baltimore, Maryland, USA  (cardiopulmonary complications)
Birth NameWilliam Kyle Rote
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kyle Rote was born on October 27, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas, USA as William Kyle Rote. He was an actor, known for Football's Mighty Mustang (1950), Super Bowl III (1969) and 1972 AFC Championship Game (1972). He was married to Betty Nina Langmack Smusyn, Sharon Ritchie and Elizabeth Jeanett Jamison. He died on August 14, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Spouse (3)

Sharon Ritchie (2 August 1965 - 17 May 1973) (divorced) (1 child)
Elizabeth Jeanett Jamison (25 June 1949 - 2 August 1965) (divorced) (4 children)
Betty Nina Langmack Smusyn (? - 15 August 2002) (his death)

Trivia (4)

Played college football at Southern Methodist University, 1948-1950.
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1964.
Played halfback and end with the New York Giants, 1951-1961.
The story of Kyle Rote as told by James M. Brock, Jr. to a Daughter of the Texas Republic in 1984.

During a Temporary Duty assignment to San Antonio, Texas I visited for the first time the Alamo with some interest. I walked up to the information desk which I learned was served by a member of the Daughters of the Texas Republic. She was a very nice lady a little older than myself it seemed. She asked me if she could help and I asked her which of the persons who had a portrait hanging on the chapel wall was the ancestor of Kyle Rote the former SMU football great. She looked a little surprised and said that she did not know that Kyle had an ancestor there. I told her that I was in the tenth grade in High School in 1949 back in my hometown of Altha, Florida. There I had read an article in the city papers delivered to my High School Library each week. The article head lines reading something like "Kyle Rote's great, great grand father had carried the mail from the Alamo and now he was carrying the mail for SMU." SMU had almost upset Notre Dame but they survived with a win of 27-20 on the touchdown by Leon Hart of ND that weekend. Kyle as a Junior was a replacement for the injured Doak Walker at tailback and had over 100 yards running, and even more passing, in a close game against Notre Dame. Leon Hart, who was a star for Notre Dame went from end to fullback and scored a late touchdown to defeat SMU. She said that she had been a classmate of Kyle Rote in High School and that she did not know that he had a relative in the defense of the Alamo. She said that his cousin Tobin Rote had played at the same time in the other high school in San Antonio and that it was a big rivalry between the schools in those days. She said that it was very interesting and that she was glad that I had brought the subject up, it was sure news to her. "I will sure look this up in our genealogy books and see what I can find," she declared. She invited me to come back to the desk before I left the Alamo and see what she could find. I told there that I would certainly do that because Kyle had been one of my high school heroes to keep track of through out High School and later as a New York Giant he had always been one of my favorites. Later I was back at the desk and ask if she had found out anything. She pointed to the end of the row of paintings and said that picture was a picture of Kyle Rote's great, great grand father and his name is William Smith. She said William Smith had carried the last message from the Alamo to Sam Houston the day before the battle and he was not killed at the Alamo. William Smith had become the first Mayor of San Antonio and was quite famous in the area. She had found that he had a daughter who married a Tobin and the Tobin's had a daughter who married a Rote. That identified the two boys, Tobin Rote and Kyle Rote as descendants of William Smith. She seemed quite please that I had stopped by and added to her knowledge of the descendants of the Alamo that she had not known before. She complemented me on my memory of the article and without having any additional information at the time to collaborate the contents of it spoke well of my recollection since 1949 that Kyle Rote had an ancestor at the Alamo. It was a very interesting meeting and for me to learn from her that Kyle and Tobin were in fact first cousins and play against each other in high school and went on to be stars on their on account at two big named NFL teams, Tobin, Quarterback of the Detroit Lions and Kyle, a running back for the New York Giants. I learned again that it was a small world we live in. (Later in the 21st century I developed a family tree for William Smith to confirm that he was in fact Kyle Rote's great, great ? grandfather. I have included a short version of it here.)

William Kyle Rote,1928-2002 - Tobin Jack Rote,1897-1953 - Josephine A Tobin,1868-1931 - Josefa Agusta Smith,1836-1908 - John William Smith,1792-1845.

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