Rod Shoate

Rod Shoate
No. 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1953-04-25)April 25, 1953
Place of birth: Spiro, Oklahoma
Date of death: October 4, 1999(1999-10-04) (aged 46)
Place of death: Spiro, Oklahoma
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Spiro (OK)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Roderick Shoate (April 26, 1953 – October 4, 1999) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was a four-time All-Big 8 Conference Player and a three-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma. He played seven seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots, and then in the United States Football League for the New Jersey Generals and Memphis Showboats.

Shoate, who died in 1999 after a long illness, was elected posthumously to the College Football Hall of Fame.[1] in 2013.

Former coaches and teammates attribute Shoate's speed, attention to detail, and relentless pursuit of the other team to his success as a player.[2]


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