Travis Rudolph: FSU Star Eats Lunch With Lonely Autistic Student

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Your faith in humanity will be restored immediately upon reading this article.

Florida State University's football team visited a local middle school on August 30th, and during lunch, wide receiver Travis Rudolph saw one student eating lunch on his own.

Rudolph sat down across from the boy, who has autism, and the two chatted while they enjoyed their lunch together.

The boy's mother, Leah Paske didn't know that this viral photo included her son until a friend sent it to her.

Paske shared the photo on Facebook, along with a tearjerker of a message.

FSU Player Autistic Boy

"A friend of mine sent this beautiful picture to me today and when I saw it with the caption 'Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son.' I replied 'who is that?' He said 'FSU football player' then I had tears streaming down my face," she wrote.

"Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver at Florida State, and several other FSU players visited my sons school today.

"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." 

Paske said she worries about her son on a daily basis and whether or not he's eating lunch alone, but yesterday was different.

"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!"

Crying Selena

Reporters asked Rudolph what prompted him to go sit with the boy, and the West Palm Beach native's answer was nothing short of endearing.

Rudolph said he saw him sitting there, so he grabbed some pizza and asked if he could sit down.

"He said, 'sure, why not,'" Rudolph told reporters.

"I just felt like we had a great conversation.

"I was just a kid not too long ago and I remember what the impact was of guys that played in college and in the NFL coming back to us," he continued.

"So I feel like maybe I can change someone's life or I can make someone a better person or make someone want to be great or be like me, or even better."

It sounds trite, but it's pretty incredible what a simple act of kindness can do.  

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