By Sarah Carroll
We are mere hours away from the kick off of the 2016 college football season, but one athlete is taking time off from his busy schedule to give back to his community.
Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph was photographed eating lunch with an autistic sixth grader who was sitting all by himself in his school’s cafeteria.
The 20-year-old football player was one of five teammates to visit Tallahassee’s Montford Middle School and when he spotted Bo Paske eating lunch alone, he asked if he could join him.
The photo and the heartwarming response from Bo’s mother quickly went viral on social media.
“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,” Leah 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.”
Rudolph admitted Leah’s message nearly brought tears to his eyes.
“I was just a kid not too long ago,’ Rudolph told Seminoles.com. “And I remember what the impact was when I saw guys that played in college football and the NFL coming back to us. So I felt like maybe I could change someone’s life or just make someone a better person and want to be great just like me, even better.”