FSU Player Travis Rudolph Had Lunch With Child With Autism


The last day of August is finally upon us, which means a number of different things to a number of different people, but for me, it means football season is finally here.

The NFL is still a few weeks away from kicking off, but college football is back, baby. All the top teams will be in action this weekend, and I can't wait to park myself on my couch for hours and get lost in the madness.

The Florida State Seminoles begin their season on Monday, September 5, but FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph arguably already made what could be the play of the season.

Tuesday, Rudolph and his teammates stopped by Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida where Rudolph observed a student having lunch alone in the school cafeteria.

Travis Rudolph didn't think twice. The wideout sat across from the boy, Bo Paske, and the pair shared a meal like any other.

Bo Paske has autism, and unfortunately, he apparently often sits alone in the cafeteria during lunch time. When Rudolph ate with Paske on Tuesday, someone took a picture and shared it with Paske's mom, Leah, which helped this story go viral.

Leah Paske posted the picture of her son with the FSU player on Facebook, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Leah Paske wrote the following caption to accompany the photo:

I'm currently in tears, but I'll keep writing because it's important we acknowledge Rudolph's kindness.

Travis Rudolph didn't do something to be a hero or boost his public image, he simply had lunch with a kid who was sitting alone. No one should eat alone. Once Travis learned more about the boy he had lunch with and saw Leah Paske's Facebook post, he had to hold back the tears.

Rudolph's coach, Jimbo Fisher, spoke about his player's actions Tuesday, and he pretty much summed it up best, saying,

Never forget the values that were instilled in you as a kid. A small gesture could go a long, long way.

Citations: Florida State player's incredible gesture will bring you to tears (NY Post)