Mom Feared Her Son Ate Alone, Then A Famous College Football Player Does This!

September 1, 2016

Travis Rudolph is a wide receiver at Florida State University. As an impact player for the Seminoles, he'll probably be drafted into the NFL one day. But on Tuesday, he made an impact play off the field.

Rudolph was visiting a middle school and spotted a student eating lunch all by himself, so he decided to have a couple slices of pizza with the boy.

Little did he know why the child was sitting alone, nor the impact his simple, sweet action would have on the boy's mother.

This is what Leah Paske, the boy's mother, wrote on Facebook after she learned about Rudolph's gesture. When Rudolph read the letter, not only did he cry himself, but he offered the boy his phone number so that the two can chat any time.

Florida State football player eats lunch with boy autism
Leah Paske / Facebook

"Several times lately I have tried to remember my time in middle school, did I like all my teachers, do I even remember them? Did I have many friends? Did I sit with anyone at lunch? Just how mean were kids really? I remember one kid on the bus called me 'Tammy Fay Baker' bc I started awkwardly wearing eye liner in the sixth grade, I remember being tough and calling him a silly name back, but when he couldn't see me anymore I cried."

Florida State football player eats lunch with boy autism
Travis Rudolph / Instagram

"I do remember middle school being scary, and hard. 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. Sometimes I'm grateful for his autism. That may sound like a terrible thing to say, but in some ways I think, I hope, it shields him. He doesn't seem to notice when people stare at him when he flaps his hands. He doesn't seem to notice that he doesn't get invited to birthday parties anymore. And he doesn't seem to mind if he eats lunch alone. It's one of my daily questions for him. Was there a time today you felt sad? Who did you eat lunch with today? Sometimes the answer is a classmate, but most days it's nobody. Those are the days I feel sad for him, but he doesn't seem to mind. He is a super sweet child, who always has a smile and hug for everyone he meets."

Florida State football player eats lunch with boy autism
Travis Rudolph / Instagram

"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. 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. 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!"

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