The College Football Player Who Befriended a Lonely Schoolkid Was Just Drafted by the Giants

College wide receiver Travis Rudolph had lunch last fall with a young boy who has autism, and now Rudolph is headed to the NFL

Apparently the two still keep in touch.

Last fall, Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph made headlines when he visited a Tallahassee middle school and didn’t hesitate to eat lunch with Bo Paske — a young boy with autism who often eats alone in his school cafeteria.

Now, karma has caught up with Rudolph, and he has just been signed to the NFL by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. Talk about a happy ending!

The best part? Rudolph and Paske still keep in touch and have developed a heartwarming friendship. Paske and his mother were even invited to a little shindig Rudolph held in West Palm Beach to celebrate the Giants’ signing announcement.

“We’re all super excited for him,” Bo’s mother, Leah Paske, told NBC Today. “We spent Saturday waiting and hanging out and being with everyone. And then when we got the news that evening, we were there for the celebration as well. … When we were able to tell him he was going to the Giants, he was completely excited.”


The happy news unfortunately comes on the heels of heartbreak. Rudolph’s father, Daryl, was killed in an accidental shooting just one week earlier. Paske said that she had previously met Rudolph’s parents and could see where Travis got his kind “personality and values.”