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Former University of Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate, one of only two three-time All-Americans for the Sooners, died Monday at his home in Spiro.

Services are pending with Mallory Funeral Home in Spiro.

Possessing the speed of a running back (4.5 in the 40) with extraordinary strength, he was a dominant force in the Big Eight Conference. Shoate had 420 career tackles, placing him third on the school's career list.

Former OU assistant coach Larry Lacewell, now director of college and pro scouting with the Dallas Cowboys, signed Shoate out of Sprio in 1971.

While at Oklahoma he was an All- American selection in '72, '73 and '74.

It was during his sophomore year that he collected a record 22 tackles against Iowa State that earned him National Lineman of the Week honors.

After his collegiate career, Shoate was drafted in the second round by the New England Patriots in the 1975 NFL draft.

He stayed with the Patriots until 1981, playing in 76 games over his career, starting in 65.

His best season at New England was 1980 in which he was second in tackles.

Shoate was traded to the Chicago Bears in 1982 and was released before the start of the season.

He played in the United States Football League with New Jersey in 1983 and Memphis in 1984.

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