Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph Brought to Tears by Letters from Families He Helped
Vikings Tight End Kyle Rudolph has been nominated as the Vikings' 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient.
Before being recognized for his contributions to the Minnesota community, Rudolph was sat down to read through letters from families he's helped.
A video (above) by the Vikings Entertainment Network was also put together featuring letters and stories from nurses, patients, parents and others he's impacted.
[Warning: it may leave you in tears]
A statement from the Vikings organization says:
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. Built as a getaway for kids and families going through treatments, the End Zone allows children to engage in therapeutic play, experience a sense of normalcy and “just be a kid and play without fears,” as Ashley Baltzell, whose son Cooper suffers from Hirschsprungs Disease, explained in a letter thanking Kyle. The 2,500-square foot space houses an indoor basketball hoop, an area with a TV and video games, a digital sports simulator, a kitchen, a lounge area with table games, a wall for patients with autism spectrum disorder and a quiet space for families.
The 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced at a two-hour primetime awards ceremony the evening of February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, on CBS.