Thompson Rudolph (6’0 180) Strong Safety for Spartanburg has a bloodline than runs a little more ??? than most.”My grandpa(Jack Rudolph) played in the NFL (Patriots,Dolphins) and was the defensive coordinater at the Historic Valdosta High School in Georgia for 30 Years”,Thompson told me.He also spoke of his Uncle.”my uncle(Coleman Rudolph) also played in the NFL(Giants and Jets), and my dad played for Valdosta in high school.”

“I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I’ve grown up coming to the Spartan High games and it has been my dream since I was a little boy to play for this team, and be on the field Friday night”. Rudolph added,”I grew up in a football family, so I always knew that I wanted to play football because I have grown up around the game.”


“My parents, Megan and Russ Rudolph, have been my number one supporters since day one. My dad coached all of my little league teams and my mom always took me everywhere I needed to be. They’ve always done everything in their power to help me follow my dreams and I will always be extremely appreciative for that. To this day, I don’t think they have missed a game”,Thompson said with pride.


Thompson spoke of his endurance and perseverance over the past few years,”One thing I want to stress is how football has taught me so much about life, and how to overcome adversity. My 9th grade year, I broke my collarbone the week before the first game. The week I was supposed to come back from my collar-bone injury, I messed up my elbow throwing, and had to get surgery. In the offseason of my 10th grade year (this past spring), I fractured my back in two places and missed spring practice. These injuries have taught me a lot about myself. They have humbled me tremendously, and taught me to never take anything or any situation for granted. These injuries have made me into a better man, and taught me how to overcome adversity which will be a tool I can use for the rest of my life.”

This above paragraph is a statement that every kid in the state needs to read.


Thompson Rudolph Highlights

When asked about the upcoming Byrnes game Rudolph was quick to add,”The Byrnes rivalry is huge. If you know anything about South Carolina football, you know about this rivalry. This game is going to be a good one, and both teams are going to come in with a lot of energy and emotion. This is the start of region play for us, so it will be critical to get the win. I feel like we’re beginning to come together as a team and understand how to play together, and I think we’ll continue to do that next Friday against Byrnes.”


On his position change he said,”Coming to defense was definitely a change from playing quarterback, but Coach Woodall, Coach Turner  and Coach Wiles made the transition a lot easier. They have really emphasized how important technique is, and how the drills we do in practice everyday should show up on film. Especially playing a new position, I have tried to focus on the little things in order to improve my technique. I feel myself improving day by day, but there is still a lot I can do to get better.” Rudolph has 42 tackles on the season.


When I asked him about last weeks win over WESTSIDE Rudolph said,”The westside game was huge for us. It was great for us to go down there and beat the number one team in the state. That’s a huge win and boost of confidence for us heading into region play. I’m extremely proud of the way we fought on both sides of the ball, and the resilience and fight this football team showed.The defense has continued to get better and better every game. We are a pretty tight-knit unit on defense and we all care about each other a lot. I believe this helps us play well together and play as a unit. We have been stepping up in big situations and continuing to find ways to get better each week. It is definitely a lot of fun playing with this group of guys.”


“If the opportunity presents itself, I would love to play football at the collegiate level, but until that opportunity comes around I will keep working hard in the classroom”,Thompson added. “My plan is to attend college whether it’s through playing football or just being a student. I am trying to build my resumé by taking rigorous classes, as well as being active in many clubs that will help me get into the college of my choice.”


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