Leah Paske, the mother of an autistic boy, took to Facebook on Tuesday to express her gratitude toward Travis Rudolph, a Florida State football player.
Rudolph was visiting a Tallahassee middle school with his team when he came across sixth-grader Bo eating lunch all by himself. While other kids sat in groups, this little boy was on his own. The football player joined Bo for lunch, and claimed that the boy was very welcoming and easy to talk to. An onlooker clicked a picture of the two eating together and sent it to Paske 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,” she posted on Facebook.
“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,” Paske added.
She was extremely happy that her son got to eat with someone who was a hero in many eyes.
Bo is a huge fan of Florida State and even asked Rudolph if he is an NFL player.
“He had a nice smile on his face. He was a really warm person,” Rudolph said.
While Bo gets ignored by many people, and is sometimes treated as an outcast due to his impairments, this special day will probably be engraved in his memory for a long time to come.