Two weeks ago Kyle Rudolph announced he was passing on his senior year at Notre Dame, and declaring himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.
He's caught his final pass for Notre Dame, and now, he's taking the time to say goodbye.
Rudolph wrote the following letter to the Notre Dame student body in Wednesday's Observer, the school newspaper:
"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.