A two-time Pro Bowler (and the game’s MVP in 2013), Rudolph recorded 453 catches for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns over 140 career regular-season games in Minnesota.
He ranks fifth in team history in both receptions and touchdowns and is 10th all-time in Vikings lore in receiving yards.
Rudolph has the most touchdown receptions by a tight end in franchise history and is second behind Steve Jordan among tight ends in catches and yards.
The former Notre Dame standout provided some of the most memorable moments in franchise history during his decade-long run in Purple, including scoring the Vikings first-ever touchdown at U.S. Bank Stadium when the venue opened in 2016.
Rudolph also came up big in the postseason, and silenced the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in January of 2020 with a walk-off touchdown catch in overtime.
That score gave the Vikings a 26-20 win over the Saints and was Minnesota’s first overtime playoff win in franchise history.
He also provided plenty of other memorable moments in the end zone over the years, whether it was a Hail Mary touchdown in Detroit in 2018, leading the “Duck, Duck, Gray Duck” celebration in Chicago in 2017 or snagging a handful of scores with just one hand in recent seasons.
But for all of his production and efforts on the field, the team captain made perhaps an even bigger impact off of it.
A three-time selection as the Vikings Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Rudolph and his family leave a lasting legacy as people who changed lives in Minnesota.
In December of 2017 Rudolph and his wife, Jordan, opened Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.