Ex-NFL Receiver Travis Rudolph Arrested For Attempted First-Degree Murder — Details Revealed

Cathrine Mabvudza
Apr 08, 2021
01:50 P.M.
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Ex-NFL wide receiver Travis Rudolph was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder following an incident in Palm Beach County, Florida on Wednesday.


The Palm Beach County Sheriff's office has confirmed the arrest of former NFL player Travis Rudolph after a shooting in West Palm Beach left one man dead and another one with injuries.

TMZ reported that the fatal shooting occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, April 7, where the 25-year-old allegedly opened fire on a vehicle carrying four passengers. Two of the passengers remained unharmed.

Travis Rudolph during a Florida State Seminoles game against the Mississippi Rebels on September 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. | Source: Getty Images


Rudolph was arrested and booked into Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday morning. He is currently being held without bond and scheduled to appear before the judge on Thursday.

At the time of arrest, the victims' names had not been released, but preliminary investigations led police to believe that the former Florida State University football star was the gunman.

Screenshot of photo of Travis Rudolph sitting with Bo Paske at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, 2016. | Source: Youtube/ACC Digital Network


Rudolph came into the national spotlight in 2016 when he was pictured having lunch with an autistic student during his football team's visit to Montford Middle School in Florida.

At the time, Rudolph was a standout wide receiver for the FSU Seminoles, with whom he played between 2014 and 2016. By the time he left the team after three seasons, he had garnered an impressive 2,311 receiving yards and scored 18 touchdowns.


In 2017, Rudolph entered the 2017 NFL Draft but wasn't picked and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. His stint with the franchise ended in 2018 before joining the Miami Dolphins practice squad in 2018.

Rudolph's father, Darryl Rudolph, was struck and killed by a stray bullet when a firearm accidentally discharged in a nightclub.


Rudolph's time with the Dolphins was short-lived after suffering a torn ACL that took him out of the league. The next stop was the Canadian Football League, where he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in December 2019.

During his brief time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Rudolph did not appear in any games. On Wednesday morning, following the murder charges, the team confirmed that Rudolph had been released.

News of Rudolph's involvement and arrest was met with shock and disappointment from his fans, with some people bringing up his past experience with gun-related tragedy in 2017

Rudolph's father, Darryl Rudolph, was struck and killed by a stray bullet when a firearm was accidentally discharged in a nightclub adjacent to the room he was working.


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