Father of National Football League draft hopeful Travis Rudolph killed in 'accidental' shooting

Ross Houston
April 24, 2017

- The father of National Football League hopeful and Florida State University star Travis Rudolph was killed this weekend in an accidental shooting, according to reports from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Darryl Rudolph, 55, was shot in the back/neck area in a storage room at Sugar Daddy's Adult Cabaret in West Palm Beach around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Deputies say Rudolph was doing work inside the club and the gunshot came from an adjacent room when a coworker moved the gun off a shelf. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

Travis Rudolph, a West Palm Beach native, spent three seasons with the Seminoles and opted to forgo his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Police are still investigating the case but do not believe the shooting was intentional. Rudolph is projected to go in the later rounds of the draft, which starts Thursday.

Travis Rudolph with his father, Darryl, left, and mother, Linda, right. He caught 56 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

Darryl Rudolph was a youth coach himself in the South Florida area, serving as a father figure to many young boys.

You may not recognize the name, but Travis Rudolph is the same FSU player who made waves on social media after he sat with autistic middle school student who was sitting alone during lunch time.

Rudolph said he, too, was touched by the interaction with Paske.

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