“Since entering the league in 2011, Rudolph has made a point of being invested in the Minneapolis/St. Paul community and has become even more involved since he and his wife, Jordan, opened Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital last December.
“Both Jordan and I are extremely passionate about kids and anything that we can do to help kids be just that,” said Rudolph. “They’re not in the circumstances they’re in for a reason. These diseases and cancers that they’re fighting don’t discriminate. They didn’t choose to have their childhood taken away from them…I think the biggest thing that we try to do is provide these kids with an opportunity to be kids.
“It truly is an honor to represent the Vikings as the Walter Payton Man of the Year. There’s so many guys that have represented this organization so well as our past nominees and it truly is my pleasure to carry on as this year’s nominee.”
Along with his community work at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Rudolph also shows support to those serving in the military. As the NFL’s first ambassador for the United Heroes League, he has hosted families at practice and games, given away Polaris Off-Road Vehicles, and held football camps worldwide to over a hundred military kids.
“In addition to having a successful career on the field and rewriting franchise records for tight ends, Kyle brightens the lives of others at dark times,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “It is clear that the gifts of his and Jordan’s time, financial resources and vision come directly from their heart, and we have enjoyed seeing them provide respite for people in need. We are proud to honor Kyle as the 2018 Vikings Community Man of the Year and believe he deserves to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.”
This year Rudolph is ranked in the top 10 among tight ends in the NFC in four categories, including YAC, total yards, receptions for first down and total receptions. Last week he made his 100th career start and 61st consecutive, the longest active streak among all tight ends.” (Vikings.com)
Join us on March 10th to hear from Kyle!