Rote was the first overall selection in the 1951 NFL Draft. He played on the 1956 championship team and in the 1958, '59 and '61 title games.
Rote played two years at running back before switching to wide receiver because of a knee injury.
He was selected to four Pro Bowls (1953-56) and was a two-time second-team All-Pro (1956 and 1960).
Rote is second in Giants history with 48 touchdown receptions, 13th with 300 catches and seventh with 4,797 receiving yards (he was the franchise leader in all three categories when he retired). He also rushed for 871 yards and four scores before switching from running back to wide receiver.
Rote was the Giants' backfield coach in 1962-63 before beginning a long career in broadcasting.