Originally a 2nd-round (43rd pick overall) draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings in 2011…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 24, 2021. In 10 seasons in Minnesota, Rudolph played in 140 regular-season games with 132 starts and he started all 6 postseason games in which he played. He caught 453 passes for 4,488 yards (9.9-yard avg.) and 48 touchdowns with a long reception of 47 yards. He added 16 receptions for 154 yards (9.6-yard avg.) and 2 touchdowns with a long catch of 25 yards in the playoffs. Rudolph holds Vikings records for most career touchdowns by a tight end (48) and most receptions in a season (83 in 2016). His 453 catches and 48 touchdown receptions each rank 5th in Minnesota history and his 4,488 yards are 10th. From 2015-19, Rudolph started all 65 of the Vikings' regular-season and postseason games.