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101. Tobin Rote

From Rice University, Tobin Rote was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but in '50 the Pack was not very good, and wouldn't be for years.  The ineptitude of Green Bay was no fault of Rote, who proved to be an excellent QB, but didn't have a lot of teammates around him at his level.  He was also a solid rusher, especially early in his career.  For those who dismissed Rote, in 1956 on what was still a mediocre Packers team, he would lead the NFL in Passing Yards and Completions and had a then-record 29 Touchdown Passes.  Despite that great season, the Packers traded him to Detroit, who began the season sharing Quarterbacking duties with Bobby Layne, but was clearly the main pivot on a team that would win the 1957 NFL Championship Team.

Sadly, Rote and the Lions had a disastrous 1959 season, and as he was to be released, he went north to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, where he did well, but American Football would call again, and he took up with the San Diego Chargers.  At age 35, he had the best season of his life, leading the AFL in Passer Rating (86.7) and would take his new team to a championship while winning the AP MVP.  He would play another year in San Diego and a final one in Denver in 1966.

It can't be dismissed that Rote's decision to play in Canada hurt his overall chances, but this is one of the most underrated Quarterback not only of his day but of all-time.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 1972
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers , San Diego Chargers
  • College: Rice
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 17th Overall in 1950
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    AP AFL Player of the Year (1963)
    First Team All-Pro (1963)
    Second Team All-Pro (1955 & 1956)
    Pro Bowl (1956)
    AFL All-Star (1963)
    Most Pass Completions (1954 & 1956)
    Most Pass Attempts (1954 & 1956)
    Most Passing Yards (1956)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1963 & 1964)
    Most Attempts per Game (1956)
    Most Completions per Game (1956)
    Highest Passer Rating (1952 & 1963)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (1956)
    Most Yards per Attempt (1963)
    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (1963)
    Most Yards per Rushing Attempt (1951)
    NFL Champion (Detroit Lions, 1957)
    AFL Champion (San Diego Chargers, 1963)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Completions (7) (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Attempts (9) (1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (8) (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (6) (1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950 & 1952)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passer Rating (7) (1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1963 & 1964)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (8) (1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1963 & 1964)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Attempt (6) (1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Completion (7) (1950, 1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Attempts per Game (9) (1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Completions per Game (6) (1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 & 1963)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (4) (1952, 1956, 1963 & 1964)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (1) (1951)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (3) (1954, 1955 & 1956)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Attempt (3) (1951, 1956 & 1958)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (1) (1951)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1954 & 1956)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points Scored (1) (1956)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 19. Yards per Completion: 14.2
    91. Passing Touchdowns: 148

Should Tobin Rote be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 40%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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