Vikings fan makes sure game-winning touchdown gloves will benefit charity... after all

Updated: January 09, 2020 03:39 PM

The game-winning touchdown gloves worn by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph during the overtime win against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, which sent the team through to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. However, the gloves somehow ended up somewhere else than intended.

The incident created all kinds of buzz, ranging from good to bad.


Jason King is the new owner of the Rudolph autographed gloves. King lives in New Jersey, but is a diehard Vikings fan and happens to be a game gear collector. When he came across the coveted gloves for sale on eBay, King felt like he'd scored the Holy Grail of Rudy gear.

Vikings Kyle Rudolph has moved on from his game-winning catch against the Saints

"I went on there and saw the thread on the middle finger and went through all the images of the game, images in the end zone when he spiked the ball and the thread was there, so I bought them," he said.

King paid $375 to an unnamed seller at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Within no time, social media exploded with someone retweeting a screenshot of the eBay listing, and Rudolph responded that he'd been fooled. The tight end said during the post-game locker room frenzy, a media member he didn't recognize requested Rudy's gloves and claimed he intended to give them to charity.

Rudolph is known as a giving guy and has even earned the 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He offered to sign the gloves and handed them over on Sunday. Then three days later, an unknown seller made quick income when King bought them for $375. 

"I messaged the guy back and said, 'hey, I need to reach out to Rudy and make this right, ya know?'"

King tweeted at Rudolph that he was the guy who bought the gloves and would gladly donate them to a charity of Rudy's choice. Rudy quickly tweeted back, "that's cool of you," and suggested the U of M Children's Hospital.

King is making sure the hospital is the big winner in all of this. He created an online fundraiser that links directly to Rudy's End Zone charity. By the end of Wednesday, more than $4,000 in donations had been made.

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital said Thursday afternoon that it had received more than $11,000 in donations for Rudolph's End Zone, including $2,196 from King and his donors.

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"I feel like a lot of people try to get one over on them, and I believe in karma, you do good, and you'll receive good," said King.

Rudolph also promised King if he kept his word, Rudy would send King some game-worn gear after the matchup with the San Francisco 49ers this weekend. 

Vikings upset Saints 26-20 in OT, will face 49ers in Divisional Round

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