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When Travis Rudolph sat down for lunch with Bo Paske, there was no intention of creating the viral moment that warmed the hearts of so many. Rudolph got a slice to pizza and sat with the lonely middle schooler, unaware that he was on the autism spectrum. The Florida State wide receiver made Bo’s day — his mother’s probably more so — and changed the boy’s lunchroom status forever.

Bo’s no longer sitting alone, according to Bo’s mom, and now has a table full of middle school ladies at lunch, she explained on “Fox & Friends.”

“Actually, yesterday, in the cafeteria he was sitting at a table full of girls,” Leah Paske said. “He was the most popular kid in the room … he had a seat at the table full of people.”

Rudolph was touched by the experience as well, calling its occurrence a “blessing.” Community service, Rudolph told FSU’s team site, has always been something he’s enjoyed doing since his first team visit. This is a bit of service that maybe never comes to light if not for a Facebook post, and it’s cool to see it spotlight an individual already committed to impacting the community.


Source: CBS Sports / Boy with autism befriended by FSU star no longer has room at his lunch table