*Bo Paske often eats alone during lunchtime at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, but things were a bit different on Tuesday.
Florida State University receiver Travis Rudolph and several of his teammates were visiting the school and just so happened to be in the cafeteria around lunch time. That’s when Rudolph spotted Paske sitting by himself and decided to sit across from him.
Unbeknownst to Travis, Bo Paske suffers from autism, and is rarely joined by other students at lunch. Someone at the school took a picture of the pair eating together and sent it to Bo’s mother, Leah Paske, who then posted it to Facebook with an emotional message about her “sweet boy” and expression of gratitude to Travis.
“Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today,” wrote Leah Paske. “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!”
Rudolph, who collected 916 receiving yards last year, told ESPN of his lunch with Bo: “I was just a kid not too long ago and I remember what the impact was of guys that played in college and in the NFL coming back to us. So I feel like maybe I can change someone’s life or I can make someone a better person or make someone want to be great or be like me, or even better.”
Watch Travis Rudolph’s ESPN interview below, followed by Leah Paske’s full FB post: