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Draft week did not go the way Travis Rudolph had hoped. In fact, it was downright tragic. However, the former Florida State Seminoles wide receiver still took the time to make a difference in someone else’s life over the weekend.
After leading the Seminoles in receiving the past two seasons, Rudolph decided to forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, just six days before the draft, he got some terrible, life-altering news. His father, 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph, had been shot and killed when a gun was accidentally fired in a Palm Beach strip club.
Given the aweful circumstances, nobody would have blamed Travis Rudolph if he decided to watch the draft alone with his family. However, that’s not what he did.
As you may recall, Travis Rudolph made headlines late last summer when he befriended a middle schooler named Bo Paske. Travis and some other FSU football players had gone to Paske’s middle school in Tallahassee for a visit, and while there he noticed that Bo, who has autism, was eating lunch all by himself. So Travis sat down with Bo and struck up a conversation, and a photo of the two quickly went viral.
This weekend, Travis invited Bo to watch the draft with him. Check it out:
Travis Rudolph reunites with his friend, Bo Paske. You’ll remember their friendship from a viral photo of them eating lunch together. pic.twitter.com/AkfpqVZPAB
— Paxton Boyd (@paxton) April 29, 2017
Bo Paske in the house with Travis Rudolph. If you recall, Travis, sat with Bo during lunch which started their friendshsip. pic.twitter.com/9CElm1AvUv
— Max Shepman (@MadMax1063) April 29, 2017
Unfortunately, Travis Rudolph did not end up getting drafted. However, he still made a lot of fans.
Hat Tip – [theScore]