Photo of FSU’s Travis Rudolph Eating Lunch with Kid with Autism Goes Viral (Pic)
Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Travis Rudolph is being lauded as an everyday hero after a photo of him eating lunch with a Tallahassee middle schooler went viral.
Rudolph and several other members of the FSU football team visited Montford Middle School on Tuesday to meet with students. During lunch, Rudolph noticed a kid sitting at a table all by himself. So he went over and asked if he could join him.
The kid’s name was Bo Paske. And as it turns out, he has autism. So when somebody snapped a photo of Bo and Travis eating lunch together and sent it to Bo’s mom, Leah Paske, she was overcome with emotion.
After she composed herself, Leah Paske took to Facebook to share the photo and thank Travis Rudolph for his simple act of kindness.
“Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today,” she explained. “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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When asked about his lunch with Bo later that day, Travis had nothing but nice things to say.
“I asked if I could sit next to him, and he said ‘sure, why not?'” the junior wide receiver said after practice. “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.”
The lesson? Never underestimate your power to affect people with basic human kindness.
Hat Tip – [Orlando Sentinel]