Rod Shoate
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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
High School: Spiro (OK)
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 1975 for the New England Patriots
Career history
* New England Patriots (1975–1981)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Roderick Shoate (April 25, 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 struggled with drug addiction and spent some time in prison before dying of AIDS at age 46 in 1999 in his home town of Spiro, OK.[1]

Shoate was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.[2] 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.[3]


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