He was one of the founders of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) in 1956 and its first elected president and also wasthe Giants team representative.
During Rote's years with the Giants, they were Eastern Conference champions four times and were the NFL champs  game in 1956
After retiring as a player, Rote was a Giants backfield coach for two seasons, then move into broadcasting as a sportscaster.
When he retired in 1961 he got quite a haul of goodies. These things do not happen much today, for some reason. That reason being players today make tons of cash and they can buy their own Thunderbirds and lawn equipment we suppose.