Rudolph hosted the annual Holiday Huddle with his wife, Jordan, who was dressed as Winnie the Pooh, and their twin daughters, Andersyn and Finley.
Kyle Rudolph is scheduled to suit up and make his 58th consecutive start Sunday, which is a franchise record for a tight end and the longest streak by a current player at the position.
The 2011 second-round pick ranks fifth in franchise history with 39 touchdown catches and eighth with 354 receptions. Rudolph has continued his production while utilizing his days between games to get his body ready for the next one.
"I always wanted to have longevity in this league," Rudolph said. "Fortunately, I've figured out ways to stay healthy and stay on the field. Early in my career, I missed a full season of games over the course of two years. You kind of learn how to stay healthy, how to take care of your body, how to do the things you can to make sure you're out there every Sunday. That's kind of been my M.O. throughout the course of my career, consistency every week and being the same player."
Rudolph credited "good luck, first and foremost," along with goals and applied knowledge for his consecutive starts streak. He said the amenities at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center "absolutely" help with recovery efforts.
"We have every resource right at our fingertips, in terms of recovery and doing everything we can to go from feeling the way we feel on Monday mornings to feeling good on Sunday again," Rudolph said. "It's definitely been nice having this building and everything that TCO Performance Center has to offer."
Off the field, Rudolph is a proud husband to Jordan and father to their twin daughters, Andersyn and Finley, who recently turned 2. The Rudolphs are expecting a son in January.
He also is immensely philanthropic with his support of sick children undergoing treatment at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, where Kyle Rudolph's End Zone opened this year as a space to provide respite for patients and families.
We recently caught up with Kyle for a Timeout:
Q: What have the past two years taught you about fatherhood?
A: It's gone quick, first of all, but it's been fun. As a dad, the first year or so, you're just kind of an extra, helping set of hands, but it's really been fun from a year to now. They're 2 years old, and they get really excited when Dad comes home from work. They think I just hang out with Viktor [the Viking] all day at work, so they always ask about Viktor when I get home. They love going to games at U.S. Bank Stadium. … Anytime they see our Norseman logo, they immediately associate that with Viktor and football, so it's pretty cool.
Q: Even though your girls are identical twins, are their personalities different?
A: Over the last year, as they've continued to grow and develop, we have one that's definitely set in her ways and a little more stubborn. Then, we have one who is just the sweetest thing in the world and is more caring and compassionate. The other one kind of runs things, and she knows that she runs things. If we ever tell her to do something, she'll make her sister do it first, and then once her sister does it, 'OK, I'll do it, too.' It's funny, seeing the way that they've changed personality-wise because they're 98.9 percent identical, but there still are personality differences.
Q: Do you have a theory on why they're different?
A: No, I think our one that's stubborn tends to act like my wife when she was a child — at least that's what Jordan says. She says it, so Fin' is funny because she's so stubborn and stuck in her ways. As a 2-year-old, there's no negotiating with her unless you have M&Ms. If she doesn't want to eat, she's not going to eat. If she doesn't want to take a nap, she's not taking a nap. If she doesn't want to go to bed at night, she's not going to bed. There's no negotiating. She does what she wants.
Q: Matthew Stafford also has twins. Have you shared any fatherhood stories?
A: I always talk to him before and after games, but his wife and my wife talk a lot. They got connected via social media, and I know that they stay in touch, so we'll have to get pointers from them, in terms of how you deal with a third when you already have twins.
Q: What did you and the girls do for Halloween costumes this year?
A: They were '80s fitness instructors, so they went with the whole tights, bright colors and headbands. I was Tigger and Jordan was Winnie the Pooh.
Q: How did you find a Tigger costume long enough?
A: It wasn't long enough, but it worked. I think that was part of the comedy behind it; it was not made for someone my height, but it was the best we could do.
Q: As a former basketball player, who would you most like to play in a game of 1-on-1?
A: I would have to say Michael Jordan, just because it's Michael Jordan. I don't think the game would last very long, but maybe now that he's 55, I might have a shot. He's just someone that I grew up idolizing and was my favorite athlete for my entire childhood. Maybe I need to get him on the golf course, but even then, I don't think I could beat him. Honestly, I just think being able to spend the time on the court with him — hopefully I could make the game last long enough that we could have a good conversation — would be cool.
Q: What's it like to be featured as a bobblehead?
A: It's pretty funny, what Pepsi was able to do with all of their guys and kind of making this fantasy football chatter, if you will. They sent a bunch to the house, so we took them to the [University of Minnesota Masonic] Children's Hospital to give them out. It's pretty funny to see yourself as a bobblehead. The girls get a kick out of it.