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Behind the scenes look at rookies, including Kyle Rudolph

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Gatorade is a doing a pretty cool web series called, "Everything to Prove," which focuses on some of the biggest stars of the incoming rookie class, including Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph.

It's a real -- and refreshing -- behind the scenes look at what these athletes have to do, to make the transition from NCAA to NFL football, and how they handle criticisms and challenges.

Among the athletes are Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, AJ Green, Julio Jones, Cameron Heyward, Stephen Paea and Mark Herzlich.

Rudolph had to show at his Pro Day last week how far he's come, from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for most of last season.

"They wanted to see that I'm healthy," Rudolph said of NFL coaches and scouts. "They heard that my hamstring is 100-percent, but they actually wanted to see it for themselves. They wanted to see me getting out of breaks, running, and being explosive off the line like I used to be....Now it's time to get back to that elite level I was at before I got hurt."

Rudolph said he enjoyed working with Gatorade and NFL Films on the project.

"I loved the fact that people were going to get to see my story and see the things that I went through with my hamstring and my rehab to get to where I am today," he said. "It's definitely been a great experience."

Check out the videos at NFL.com/EverythingToProve

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