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Florida State wide receiver finds a new teammate.
The lacrosse field or the football field are not the only places student-athletes can do remakable things.
Last week, Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph made national news after his humble display of leadership changed a young man's life.
Along with several teammates, Rudolph visited Montford Middle School in Tallahassee on Tuesday when he noticed a student sitting by himself. That student was Bo Paske, a sixth grader with autism. Rudolph sat down at the same table has Paske and spent the entire lunch period with him.
Leah Paske shared a post on Facebook thanking Rudolph for the gesture and explained how normally her son eats by himself at lunch. What Rudolph did brought her to tears.
“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 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.”
A parent sent Bo’s mom a photo of Bo sitting with the FSU receiver, and she detailed the visit in a Facebook post.
She and her son are now both fans of the football program for what they did.
“Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!”
Rudolph told the inquiring press that he had two pieces of pizza for lunch while he sat across from Bo Paske. He said the two “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,” Rudolph said.
The receiver led the team in receiving last season with 916 yards and Bo asked him if he was an NFL player. Rudolph told him “not yet.”
“It was really easy to [talk] with him,” Rudolph said. “He had a nice smile on his face. He was a really warm person.”
Rudolph reunited with Bo Paske last Monday before the fourth-ranked Seminoles faced No. 11 Mississippi.
Rudolph surprised Paske and his mother, Leah, by giving Bo a personalized Florida State jersey and tickets to the game during an interview on ESPN at the team's hotel.
Florida State went on to win the opener 45-34 over the Rebels. Rudolph had 6 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
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