Travis Rudolph, Former NFL Player and Florida State Star, Arrested for First-Degree Murder

by Suzanne Halliburton

Travis Rudolph, a former Florida State star, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

Rudolph, 25, also spent time in both the NFL and Canadian Football League. Deputies with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Department arrested Rudolph. The department then posted Rudolph’s mug shot on its official Twitter page.

The sheriff’s department tweet said: “Travis Rudolph #ARRESTED for 1st Degree Murder with a Firearm and Attempted First Degree Murder with a Firearm. Shortly after midnight, we responded to a double shooting in Lake Park. One male was transported to the hospital and another was found deceased in West Palm Beach.”

TMZ Sports reported that police believe Travis Rudolph shot at four people. All were believed to be in the same car when the shooting happened.

Travis Rudolph Is In Jail; No Bond Set

The site said that police identified Rudolph as the main suspect. He is in jail without bond. He’s set to appear before a judge, Thursday.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Rudolph was arrested at about 8 a.m. The Post said that Palm Beach police Rudolph shot at all four people, all of whom are men. Police haven’t released the identity of the man who died. Another man was taken to the hospital.

Rudolph, who grew up in the Palm Beach area, was a five-star recruit. He signed to play wide receiver with Florida State in 2014.

Rudolph Is From Palm Beach. He Starred at Florida State

Rudolph played three seasons with the Seminoles, starting in all of them. He started six games as a true freshman at Florida State in 2014. That year, Florida State reached the semifinals in the inaugural College Football Playoffs. Rudolph caught 59 passes for 916 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. He posted a 200-yard reception game in the Peach Bowl. The yardage was a school bowl record for receivers. Rudolph had similar numbers as a junior.

Off field, Rudolph also made news when he visited a local high school. He was among five Florida State players who visited a local middle school. Rudolph saw a student sitting by himself at lunch. So Rudolph sat with the young man. Someone snapped a photo of the two and gave the picture to the student’s mother. She posted it on Facebook and it went viral.

Travis Rudolph opted to skip his senior season and turn pro. However, he did not hear his name called in the NFL draft. The New York Giants signed Rudolph as a free agent. He spent time on the Miami Dolphins practice squad. Rudolph signed with Winnipeg in the CFL in December, 2019. The league didn’t play in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Winnipeg officials announced Wednesday that Rudolph no longer was with the team.

Rudolph’s father was killed in an accidental shooting at a nightclub in 2017.