A sixth-grader with autism is having the week of his life after an act of kindness from a Florida State University football player went viral.
Travis Rudolph, an FSU wide receiver, was visiting Bo Paske’s Tallahassee middle school with fellow team members for community service when he saw Bo eating by himself – which he often did – and joined him.
Bo’s mom, Leah Paske, took to Facebook to express her gratitude toward Rudolph and the post quickly took off.
“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.
Bo’s newfound friendship continued when he was invited to meet the entire FSU team and watch Randolph play in a game against Ole Miss Monday.
Bo even received a jersey with his name on it and the number 15 to match Randolph’s.
“Travis Rudolph is a great football player and an awesome superstar,” Bo told CBS excitedly as he attended the game.
And Bo is definitely not sitting by himself anymore. In fact, he’s become a big man on campus.
“I’m a superstar. Everyone recognizes me,” Bo said.