Kyle was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings to play tight end in 2011. At that time, Kyle and his wife, Jordan, began visiting the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital to connect with families going through adversity.
In 2017, Kyle and Jordan Rudolph opened the Kyle Rudolph’s End Zone at the hospital. With the help of local partners, a 3,000 square foot space came to life as an escape for the patients to just be kids. It is equipped with a basketball hoop, sports simulator, sensory wall, kitchen, gaming hub, lounge, and reading nook. It is used daily for fun, time away, and even integrated into patients therapy programs.
Kyle was the Minnesota Vikings Walter Payton Man of Year Nominee in 2017, 2018, and 2019. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is presented to an NFL player that represents excellence off the field in charity work.
“My platform has enabled me to make an impact but there is still so much work to be done.” – Kyle Rudolph