NFL player joins autistic boy for school lunch

  • 01/09/2016
NFL player joins autistic boy for school lunch

Montford Middle School's cafeteria served up something special on Tuesday - a handful of Florida State football players were visiting and walked in for lunch.

One of them, Travis Rudolph, the team's star wide receiver, noticed one sixth-grader in particular.

"I saw him by himself and I was like, 'Yo, can I have a seat with you and eat with you?' and he was like, 'Sure why not?'" Rudolph explained.

"We just started off having a good conversation."

The kid he was talking to was 11-year-old Bo Paske.

Someone nearby took a photo of Bo and Travis having lunch. Everyone else in the picture is sitting far away. That's because Bo has autism and often eats lunch by himself.

"On the days that he's sitting alone, I think those are the days it bothers me more than it bothers him," Bo's mother Leah Paske said.

She posted the photo to Facebook, saying: "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".

The post went viral.

"I'm just moved with emotions at his generosity and his kindness - I don't know what made him pick Bo but I'm so grateful he did," Ms Paske said.

It gets better - at school today, all the kids wanted to have lunch with Bo.

"I'm a superstar!" he beamed, "Everybody recognises me."

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