TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida State University football player is getting a lot of attention after eating lunch with a middle school student who was eating alone.
Mom Leah Paske posted a photo to Facebook of Travis Rudolph, FSU wide receiver, sitting in the Montford Middle School cafeteria with her son, Bo.
Bo has autism and making friends can sometimes be tough for him.
Rudolph and several other FSU football players were visiting Bo’s school in Tampa recently. During lunch, Rudolph noticed Bo eating all alone.
“He started off and was so open,” Rudolph told the Orlando Sentinel. “He told me his name was Bo, and how much he loves Florida State, and he went from there… I just felt like we had a great conversation.”
Paske said she often worries about her son, and whether anyone ate lunch with him that day. She was overwhelmed when she saw the photo.
“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,” wrote Paske.
She couldn’t be more grateful to Rudolph for his gesture.
“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,” the mom stated in her post.