Sports star Travis Rudolph joins autistic boy for lunch

Bo and his mom are planning to go see him play at a Florida State game next week.

Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver for Florida State, was visiting a school in Tallahassee on Tuesday when he saw Bo Paske sitting by himself. Now that I have a child starting middle school, I have feelings of anxiety for him, and they can be overwhelming if I let them. The boy's name is Bo Paske. That's how Travis found him - at a table all alone - when Rudolph and a number of his teammates visited a grammar school earlier this week in Tallahassee.

He said the two had a great conversation and that Bo was a warm person with a great smile. "Just how mean were kids really?" she added. "He made some young man's day". Bo's mother Leah says he usually eats lunch by himself, but when Rudolph visited, he chose to have lunch with Bo. She posted the picture on her Facebook page, detailing her daily thoughts for her middle-school-aged son.

Bo's mother, Leah Paske, posted on Facebook, sharing that her son has autism and that most days he sits alone, but it doesn't bother him.

'He doesn't seem to notice that he doesn't get invited to birthday parties anymore. 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. "Travis Rudolph, thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life".

The football players' visit was the latest in a long series of visits to area schools. "You can make someone's day by being yourself and understanding the impact you have as an athlete,", said Jimbo Fisher.

ASD, better known as autism, is a complex neurological disorder. Did I have many friends?

Bo was diagnosed with autism when he was 3-years-old. According to his mother, Bo eats lunch alone most days.

"I knew it was important for Leah to be comfortable and know that her son is doing OK and is not afraid", Halligan said. However, when Randolph saw Paske he chose to make a new friend.

He told Seminoles.com: "I asked could I sit with him and he said, 'Sure, why not?'" Rudolph said it was heartbreaking for him to learn about Bo's situation. Bo is a great kid said Rudolph, and he would love to hang out with him anytime.

The Facebook post got back to Rudolph, who, like many who read the post, was almost brought to tears by Leah's words. And they got invited to have dinner with the entire TEAM.

Travis Rudolph has a bright future as well. Rudolph is the team's leading receiver and has hopes of making it to the National Football League.

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