Jan 19, 2011, 3:24 PM EST
Already away from campus preparing himself for the poking and prodding that is sure to come in the next few months before April’s NFL Draft, Kyle Rudolph took the time to say goodbye to the student body of Notre Dame in a letter to the editor in today’s Observer.
Here’s what he wrote:
To my fellow Irish students:
I can’t thank all of you enough. You have been there for me and the rest of my teammates through the highs and lows and through it all, you have showed your loyalty and unwavering support. Every Saturday, you showed up and gave your all to make Notre Dame Stadium the best place in the country for college football, and for that, I’ll be forever grateful.
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to play football for the University of Notre Dame. I loved being both a student and an athlete here, and I’ll cherish each minute that I wore the blue and gold. This school and this city hold a special place in my heart and I intend to remain an active part of this community that has given me so much.
I am very excited about whatever the future holds for me, but know that regardless of where my next stop may be, I will always be Irish!
Finally, I’d like to give special recognition to my little brother, Louis Nix III, who will be wearing the No. 9 and continuing the tradition!
All the best.
Beside the fact that Rudolph is either breaking news or having a joke with Notre Dame’s massive freshman defensive tackle (seen here modeling Rudolph’s No. 9 jersey), it’s a class move for Rudolph to show his appreciation for his fellow classmates.
It was certainly an eventful three seasons for the massive tight end, and while the Irish didn’t win as many games as they’d have liked and Rudolph didn’t stay healthy for many of them, he’s certainly got a promising career ahead of him at the next level.