Florida State Football Player Sees Boy with Autism Sitting Alone at Lunch, Joins Him


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — While visiting Montford Middle School with teammates on Tuesday, Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph spotted a boy sitting by himself at lunch, and asked if he could sit next to him according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Later in the day, Bo Paske’s mom posted a photo to Facebook that is capturing hearts.

“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,” she wrote.

“He started off and was so open,” Rudolph told the newspaper. “He told me his name was Bo, and how much he loves Florida State, and he went from there.”

Rudolph is the Seminoles’ leading returning receiver, and in addition to earning the praise of his coaches, gained a mother’s love, who says they’re now FSU fans for life.

“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,” the mom stated in her post.


  • Michele Gerhard

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why he was sitting by himself????? Where are the teachers and aides??????

  • Iris

    God Bless you Travis!! Something is very wrong with a school that would consistently let a child eat along. Some things are more important than test.

  • Debbie

    Beautiful! Please teach your kids to INCLUDE others…no child should ever be sitting alone. Teachers -please look out for this!!!! We all need to work together here to stop others from being left out.

  • John tolerico

    Hats off to you Travis, and your parents whom instilled the way you are, and you WILL prosper……I am an avid Note Dame fan, however will be rooting for FU this year UNLESS you guys play the IRISH the world needs more guys like you, Thank you for making that boy feel like he should everyday.

  • Dave

    Good to see this player has values and thinks about other people. A complete stand up gesture on his part. It’s a shame that boy is an outcast, but at least he was made to feel special all thanks to the big heart of that FSU player.

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