On Aug. 30, while a group of Florida State Seminoles football players were visiting a local middle school, star wide receiver Travis Rudolph decided to sit and have lunch with Bo Paske, a student with autism.
“I asked if I could sit next to him, and he said 'sure, why not?'” explained Rudolph to the Orlando Sentinel. “I just felt like we had a great conversation. He started off and was so open. He told me his name was Bo, and how much he loves Florida State, and he went from there ... He had a nice smile on his face. He was a really warm person.”
When Bo’s mother found out about it, she was moved to share her feelings on Facebook:
A friend of mine sent this beautiful picture to me today and when I saw it with the caption "Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son" I replied "who is that?" He said "FSU football player", then I had tears streaming down my face. Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today. I'm not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I'm happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn't have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes. Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, speaking of Rudolph’s friendly gesture, said, “I was extremely proud of him. He made some young man’s day.”
Rudolph appeared in all 13 games during the 2015 season, and finished the year leading the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.