Winning A Super Bowl Is All There’s Left To Do

Tight finish Kyle Rudolph is the latest participant on the Bucs roster.  It comes proper in time for coaching camp at a place the place the Bucs actually need a lift.

Rudolph has completed quite a bit in his profession. However after a decade with the Vikings and one 12 months with the Giants final season, the coveted Tremendous Bowl championship is the very last thing on his to-do record that he must test off.

That’s why the Bucs have been a part of a really small record of groups that Rudolph put collectively when choosing the place he’d play subsequent. He spoke about it with Mike Golic, Jr. on the GoJo podcast.

Unique Locations

“I keep in mind reaching out to my agent and mainly despatched a really, very, very small record,” Rudolph mentioned. “At this level in my profession, I’m not going 4-13 once more. I need to go to a bonafide winner, a workforce that may compete for a championship and often together with that comes a Corridor of Fame-caliber quarterback. These issues appear to sort of go hand in hand. The record was quite a bit shorter this 12 months than final 12 months.”

“For me at this level, the one factor I’ve left to do is win a championship. I’ve carried out all the pieces else that you can probably do on this sport from a person standpoint from playoff video games, playoff wins, Professional Bowls – I had three contracts. I’ve carried out all the pieces you are able to do besides make it to the large one and win it. That’s actually all that I’ve left and the one objective that I’ve going into this season.”

Mutual Teaching Connection

It’s not the primary time {that a} participant like Rudolph was intrigued by taking part in with Tom Brady. Nonetheless, these gamers have each identified one another for fairly some time. They have been linked up collectively by way of a mutual coach – Charlie Weis. As offensive coordinator of the Patriots, Weis helped Brady win the primary three Tremendous Bowls of his profession. He was additionally the top coach at Notre Dame for Rudolph’s first two faculty soccer seasons.

Due to their mutual connection collectively, they turned acquainted with each other. Acquainted sufficient to the purpose the place Brady was truly seeking to recruit Rudolph to the Bucs as early as final season earlier than it culminated this 12 months.

“We had truly sort of began speaking just a little bit final 12 months,” Rudolph mentioned. “They have been definitely set within the tight finish room in Tampa final 12 months, they’d three actually good ones, so there was no want for me to go down there, however I keep in mind saying to him, ‘I do know that you simply obtained extra than simply this 12 months. Hopefully I can come down there and play with you sooner or later.’ We sort of at all times stayed in contact after which this spring rolls round and free company sort of obtained going and I talked to him on the telephone a pair months in the past. He was like, ‘Don’t know what Gronk’s going to do, however we’d like you down right here in any case.’ He undoubtedly performed an enormous half within the resolution that I made to go down there.”

Greatest Of Each Worlds

This offseason was a extra ultimate match for Rudolph and the Bucs. Final 12 months the tight finish room was stacked. This time round it’s Brate and rookies Cade Otton and Ko Kieft. It made extra sense to affix Tampa in his second free company run with an opportunity to show extra.

“Early on it was, ‘I might like to go to Tampa to play with Tom, to play on a workforce that you understand they’re going to compete for a championship,’” Rudolph mentioned.  “However Gronk’s nonetheless there, Cam Brate for my part is among the most underrated tight ends within the NFL. The dude simply places up strong numbers 12 months after 12 months after 12 months regardless of who the quarterback was earlier than Tom obtained there. And definitely with Tom the final couple years. However it was simply, ‘I’ll be one other rotational man,’ and that’s advantageous since you’re taking part in on a workforce that’s competing for a Tremendous Bowl and at this level in my profession, that’s the primary objective. That’s what I need to do.

“My second objective this offseason was discovering a spot the place I obtained just a little little bit of juice left and I can nonetheless play. This now offers me each of these alternatives as a result of there’s such a giant void with O.J. Howard leaving in free company to the Payments and Gronk retiring. That room simply had Cam Brate and a bunch of younger guys.”

Watch the total interview with Rudolph on the GoJo podcast with Mike Golic Jr. right here.