Former Steelers receiver and pro player arrested on first-degree murder charge

Former Steelers football standout was arrested early Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported.


Travis Rudolph, 25, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail shortly before 8 a.m. and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to make his first appearance before a judge Thursday at the jail.


PBSO did not immediately release the names of the person who died or the person who was injured, or report the extent of that person’s injuries.





Sheriff alleges Travis Rudolph shot at four people, hitting two of them

Deputies responded shortly after midnight to reports of a double shooting on the 500 block of North Redwood Drive in Lake Park, south of Northlake Boulevard and west of U.S. 1.



They learned that one male had been found dead in West Palm Beach and that another had been taken to a hospital.


Further investigation led to Rudolph being identified as the suspect, PBSO said in a prepared statement.


The agency said its investigation had found that a total of four people were shot at, or by, Rudolph. Two of his intended targets were not harmed, PBSO said.


The agency did not immediately provide a narrative of what happened, and Rudolph’s arrest report was not available Wednesday. It was unclear whether Rudolph had retained an attorney.


The homicide is the 11th confirmed one in Palm Beach County this year, according to a Palm Beach Post online database. It is the first homicide of the year in Lake Park, which also saw one homicide in 2020, according to the database.



Travis Rudolph won acclaim for football career, viral lunch with autistic student

Rudolph signed with Florida State in 2014 as a five-star recruit from Cardinal Newman. He compiled more than 2,300 career receiving yards and scored 18 touchdowns in three seasons with the Seminoles.


He played briefly in the NFL for the New York Giants in 2017 (one start, 8 receptions, 101 yards) and was a member of the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad for a portion of the 2018 season.







He signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in December 2019 but did not appear in any games. The CFL canceled the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the Winnipeg team announced it had released Rudolph from its roster.



In addition to his season experiences in football, Rudolph gained national attention during his time at FSU for his friendship with an autistic middle-school student.


Five FSU football players were visiting a middle school in Tallahassee in August 2016 when Rudolph saw student Bo Paske sitting by himself in the school’s lunch room. Rudolph sat at Bo’s table and the two ate together.


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Someone took a photo of the moment and share it with the student’s mother, who posted the image on Facebook. The post went viral. Travis later appeared with Bo and Bo’s mother on a segment for “Fox and Friends.”


Rudolph’s father, Darryl Rudolph, was killed in an accidental shooting in April 2017 at a suburban West Palm Beach nightclub. Authorities said Paul Senat fired an AK-47-style rifle through a wall at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret, striking and killing Darryl Rudolph.



Senat told investigators he removed the weapon from a shelf and did not realize it had gone off until he saw the elder Rudolph, who worked as a handyman at the club, bleeding from the neck in the next room.


Senat, 40, was arrested on a charge of manslaughter. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of culpable negligence and was credited with two days of jail time, records show.


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