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Travis Rudolph
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Rudolph in the 2017 NFL season.
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1995-09-15) September 15, 1995 (age 24)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:186 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Cardinal Newman
(West Palm Beach, Florida)
College:Florida State
Undrafted:2017
Career history
* New York Giants ( 2017 2018)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Second-team All-ACC (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions:8
Receiving yards:101
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Travis Rudolph (born September 15, 1995) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida State, and has previously played for the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL).

Early yearsEdit

Rudolph attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. As a senior, he had 63 receptions for school records 1,237 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rudolph was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the number one receiver in his class.[1] He committed to Florida State University to play college football.[2]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at Florida State in 2014, Rudolph played in 13 games with six starts and had 38 receptions for 555 yards and four touchdowns.[3][4] In his second season at Florida State, Rudolph played 13 games with 11 starts. He led the team in receptions (59), receiving yards (916), and touchdown receptions (7). In the 2015 Peach Bowl, he caught 7 receptions for 201 yards, both career-highs in catches and receiving yards. This performance also broke the record for most receiving yards by a Seminole in bowl history, breaking Javon Walker's record of 195 receiving yards set during the 2002 Gator Bowl.[5] As a junior in 2016, Rudolph played 13 games with 840 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. After the season, Rudolph decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

Rudolph signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.[7][8] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Giants' practice squad the next day.[9][10] He was promoted to the active roster on October 9, 2017 after injuries to multiple receivers on the team.[11] Rudolph recorded his first NFL reception in a Week 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 22, 2017. Rudolph finished the game with 3 receptions for 32 yards.[12]

On September 1, 2018, Rudolph was waived by the Giants.[13]

Miami DolphinsEdit

Rudolph was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on October 10, 2018, however he suffered a torn ACL in his first day of practice and was placed on the practice squad/injured list.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

In August 2016, while visiting a middle school in Tallahassee with other FSU players, Rudolph made national headlines after he sat and ate lunch with Bo Paske, an autistic student who was eating by himself.[15]

In April 2017, just days before the 2017 NFL Draft, Rudolph’s father, Darryl, was shot & killed while working as a maintenance worker at a strip club in West Palm Beach, FL. Police say Darryl Rudolph was working in a back storage room when a coworker, in an adjacent room, accidentally discharged a rifle while moving it off a shelf. The bullet traveled through the wall and struck Darryl in the neck.[16]

Rudolph is a cousin of former NFL wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Yahoo Sports - Sports News, Scores, Fantasy Games". https://sports.yahoo.com/ccc/football/recruiting/player-Travis-Rudolph-131855.
  2. Hays, Chris (January 2, 2014). "Travis Rudolph commits to FSU as Seminoles keep racking up recruits". Orlando Sentinel. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/florida-recruiting/blog/os-travis-rudolph-commits-to-fsu-as-seminoles-keep-racking-up-recruits-20140102-post.html. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  3. "FSU's Travis Rudolph assuming leadership role among WRs". http://www.tallahassee.com/story/sports/college/fsu/football/2015/03/20/fsus-travis-rudolph-assuming-leadership-role-among-wrs/25093265/.
  4. Sonnone, Brendan. "FSU's Travis Rudolph adapting to becoming leader of receiving corps". http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/florida-state-seminoles/chopping-block/os-fsu-travis-rudolph-adapting-leader-receiving-corps-20150319-post.html.
  5. "Travis Rudolph Bio". http://www.seminoles.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209602577/.
  6. Deen, Safid. "FSU's Travis Rudolph declaring for NFL draft". http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/florida-state-seminoles/chopping-block/os-sp-fsu-receiver-travis-rudolph-enters-nfl-draft-20170112-story.html.
  7. "Florida State’s Travis Rudolph signs with New York Giants as an undrafted free agent". Tomahawk Nation. http://www.tomahawknation.com/florida-state-football-fsu-noles/2017/4/29/15451550/florida-state-travis-rudolph-undrafted-free-agent-new-york-giants-2017-nfl-draft. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  8. Salomone, Dan (May 11, 2017). "Complete guide to Giants' 2017 undrafted free agents". https://web.archive.org/web/20180325235450/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Complete-guide-to-Giants-2017-undrafted-free-agents/28709383-14b6-491e-b2fe-46a1134a0894.
  9. Eisen, Michael (September 2, 2017). "New York Giants announce 2017 53-man roster". Archived from the original on December 5, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171205020739/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/New-York-Giants-announce-2017-53-man-roster/af61460d-cd5a-4723-95d7-e08c74eaf74e.
  10. Eisen, Michael (September 4, 2017). "Giants add WR Travis Rudolph, LB Nordly Capi to practice squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20171107052858/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-add-WR-Travis-Rudolph-LB-Nordly-Capi-to-practice-squad/f2a82150-34ea-48bf-ae2e-0d611ec9656f.
  11. Eisen, Michael (October 9, 2017). "Odell Beckham Jr. placed on IR; Giants announce roster moves". Archived from the original on November 6, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171106133129/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Odell-Beckham-Jr-placed-on-IR-Giants-announce-roster-moves/514375af-be53-41c1-a4b7-07fadc6fb777.
  12. "Seahawks vs Giants Box Score". October 22, 2017. http://www.espn.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=400951628.
  13. Eisen, Michael (September 1, 2018). "New York Giants announce 53-man roster". https://www.giants.com/news/new-york-giants-announce-53-man-roster.
  14. "Former FSU standout Travis Rudolph joins Dolphins, suffers torn ACL in first practice". October 10, 2018. http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-dolphins-travis-rudolph-20181010-story.html.
  15. Shanker, Jared (August 31, 2016). "FSU WR Travis Rudolph makes 'fans for life' by eating lunch with autistic child". http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/17432361/florida-state-seminoles-wr-travis-rudolph-makes-fans-life-eating-lunch-autistic-child. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  16. Ruiz, Andrew (April 24, 2017). "Father of Florida State football star Travis Rudolph dies from accidental gunshot wound". WPTV. http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/father-of-travis-rudolph-dies-from-gunshot-wound. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  17. Porter, Matt (June 14, 2012). "Cardinal Newman WR Travis Rudolph commits to Miami". Palm Beach Post. http://highschoolbuzz.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2012/06/14/cardinal-newman-wr-travis-rudolph-commits-to-miami/comment-page-1/. Retrieved May 13, 2017.

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