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Joe Routt


Joseph Eugene Routt

Inducted 1962

Date of Birth



Chapel Hill, TX


Texas A&M University (1935-1937)


They were not the most successful years for Texas A&M football teams, yet lineman Joe Routt turned the mid-1930s into seasons of personal glory and achievement that established him as one of the Aggies' all-time great players. Routt was big, powerful and aggressive. Opposing coaches often assigned three linemen to contain him, and still he cracked through the line to make the tackle. Famed sportswriter Grantland Rice had this to say of Routt: "He was a glutton for hard, all-afternoon play and was at his best when the going was toughest. Routt used a system of stacking up a whole side of the opposing line, thereby breaking up a play and allowing a teammate to make a tackle." Routt appeared in the annual East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco and was named the game's Outstanding Lineman. Routt went to war in 1940 as an U.S. Army Infantry Captain and was killed in action, leading his troops in the Battle of the Bulge, December 10, 1944, in Belgium. He was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1952 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1962. His citation read: "In war as in football, Joe Routt was a true leader of men, ever prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice."


Height 6'0

Weight 193

Career Highlights

  • 1937 All-Conference
  • 1937 Consensus All-America
  • 1936 All-Conference
  • 1936 First Team All-America
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