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Kyle Rote, Jr. Tennessee
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It's quite possible that without Kyle Rote Jr., there would be no soccer moms. Growing up in Texas, the son of an NFL superstar, everyone expected young Kyle to follow in the family business. But when he began playing soccer at 16, he was on his way to changing sporting allegiances.

Before he turned 20, he had given up college football at Oklahoma State University and transferred to the University of the South at Sewanee. It was there where two very important things happened in his life...he continued to develop his soccer and he met his future wife, Mary Lynne.

While at Sewanee, he established the record for the most points per game, season and career in soccer (1969-71). He was also the first soccer player from a Tennessee College to play on the U.S. National Team. And that's not all; Kyle also found time to break the Conference record in the Javelin and qualify for the Nationals. He graduated from the University of the South in 1972 with a degree in Psychology.

Following graduation, Rote became the number one draft pick in the Professional Soccer League chosen by the Dallas team owned by Lamar Hunt in 1972. He enjoyed an outstanding career. As the only American born player to ever win a major professional soccer league scoring championship, Kyle represented the United States in international competition for four years.

In his spare time, Kyle became one of only two people to win more than one of the popular, nationally televised Superstars competitions in 1974, 1976, and 1977. He won three times over such greats as O.J. Simpson, Roger Staubach, Julius Erving and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Today Rote is a successful businessman, author, broadcaster and motivational speaker. In 1984 he was selected as one off the "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America." That same year, he melded his experience as one of the country's top athletes with his financial management and marketing skills to found Athletic Resource Management, Inc. a successful sports agency that represents some 40 pro athletes.

Kyle has been the principal in five films and is the author of Complete Book of Soccer and Beyond the Goal. Kyle currently maintains an extensive speaking and broadcasting schedule.

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