Florida State Football Player Joins Boy with Autism Sitting Alone for Lunch

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A Florida State football player on a visit to a Florida middle school who spotted a student sitting alone at the lunch table and asked if he could sit next to him is now being thanked by his mother in a public way.

FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph was visiting Montford Middle School with teammates when he noticed the boy, Bo Paske, sitting alone and decided to join him.

Bo’s mother, Leah Paske, received a photo of the pair eating lunch together at school and posted a heartfelt thank you to 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,” she wrote. “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.

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

Paske’s Facebook post has been shared over 8,000 times since she first posted it Tuesday.


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