Joe Eugene Routt, football player and World War II soldier, son of Eugene Otis and Annie Belle (Clay) Routt, was born on October 18, 1914, at Chappell Hill, Texas. He attended Texas A&M College from 1933 to 1938 and received a degree in animal husbandry. As a guard on the football team, Routt was named to the All-American football teams of 1936 and 1937; he was the first All-American player for A&M. He played on the 1938 College All-Star team in Chicago and in the East-West Shrine game at San Francisco. Routt was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from A&M and went on active duty in the United States Army in March 1942. In 1942 he played for the Army West All-Star football team against professional football teams. As an infantry officer in World War II he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a captain and company commander in Holland when he was killed in action on December 2, 1944. He was buried at Margraten, Holland; on April 19, 1949, he was reburied at Brenham, Texas. Routt was married to Marilyn Maddox on March 1, 1942; they had two daughters. He was named to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame and in 1952 to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.