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Rodney Hudson
No. 61     Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-12) July 12, 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama
High School: Mobile (AL) Rain
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 299 lb (136 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Debuted in 2011 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
* Kansas City Chiefs ( 2011–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
*3× First-team All-ACC (2008–2010)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     19
Games started     4

William Rodney Hudson (born July 12, 1989) is an American football center for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Florida State University, and was a two-time All-American. The Kansas City Chiefs chose him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years

Hudson was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended B. C. Rain High School in Mobile, where he was a two-way lineman. He graded out at 95 percent for his entire senior season with a total of 47 pancake blocks, while also being a standout on defense as he recorded 55 tackles as defensive tackle. He earned All-State first team honors as a junior and senior.

Besides his football commitments, Hudson was forced to work nights at a local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant to support his single mother throughout high school.[1]

Considered a three-star recruit by, Hudson was listed as the No. 17 center in the nation.[2] He also received a three-star rating by, and ranked 45th on their offensive guard list.[3] He selected Florida State over West Virginia and Southern Miss, among others.

College career

Hudson attended Florida State University, and played for coach Bobby Bowden and coach Jimbo Fisher's Florida State Seminoles football team from 2007 to 2010. As a true freshman in 2007, he started 10 of 13 games at left guard and left tackle. He was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the Seminoles' victory over the second ranked Boston College. At the end of the season he earned numerous honors such as a Freshman All-America first team selection by College Football News and the Football Writers Association of America and All-ACC third team honors by Phil Steele. As a sophomore in 2008 Hudson earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times. At the end of the season he earned first team All-ACC by and Phil Steele.

In 2009, Hudson was listed at No. 2 on′s preseason interior lineman power ranking in 2009.[4] Hudson was the winner of the ACC Jacobs Blocking Award as the league's most dominant offensive lineman.[5] He earned FWAA All-American honors and was second team Associated Press All-American.[5]

In the 2010 preseason, Hudson was a watch list candidate for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy.[5] In November 2010, he was named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, along with Gabe Carimi and Nate Solder; Carimi won the award.[6] Hudson was a first-team All-ACC selection for the third consecutive season, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[5][7]

After four years of starting, Hudson will leave FSU as the most decorated offensive lineman in Seminole history.[8] Hudson was listed as the 24th best player in FSU history by the Orlando Sentinel before his senior season had even been played.[9]

Professional career

2011 NFL Draft

Projected to be a second-to-third round selection by Sports Illustrated,[10] Hudson was graded as the No. 6 available offensive guard in the 2011 NFL Draft.[11] He was projected to be moved to center, due to his "limited size."[10] Hudson was drafted in the second round, with the 55th overall pick, by the Kansas City Chiefs.[12] He was the highest selected Seminoles offensive lineman since Alex Barron in 2005.

Kansas City Chiefs

During his rookie season, he started one game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On September 23, 2012, Hudson suffered a broken bone in his left leg and was placed on injured reserve.


  1. Carter, Andrew (September 2, 2010). "Rodney Hudson Florida State: How Florida State's Rodney Hudson became one of the best, and most respected, offensive lineman in college football".,0,3120323.story. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  2. " offensive centers 2007". January 24, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2009
  3. " Off Guard Ranking". Retrieved August 21, 2009
  4. Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike; Megargee, Steve (August 22, 2009). "Preseason interior lineman power rankings".
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Player Bio: Rodney Hudson". July 12, 1989. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  6. "2010 Outland Trophy Finalists Announced". FWAA. November 22, 2010.
  7. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12 (2011). Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  8. " 2010 Florida State Preview". June 2, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  9. "Counting down the top 25 football players in Florida State history: No. 24 Rodney Hudson – Chopping Block – Seminoles Blog – Orlando Sentinel". July 7, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
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  12. Tucker, Doug (April 29, 2011). "Chiefs Take Center/Guard Rodney Hudson". Associated Press. Retrieved April 29, 2011.

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