Former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he still turned the day into another special moment.
Rudolph, who signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent, enjoyed the draft experience alongside his friend Bo Paske, a Montford Middle School who became friends with the standout pass catcher during a visit from the Seminoles last season.
While at lunch with the students, Rudolph saw Paske sitting alone and decided to join him.
What Rudolph didn’t know at the time is that Bo was autistic and a photo of the two went viral when Paske’s mother shared a heart-warming post on Facebook.
Bo Paske in the house with Travis Rudolph. If you recall, Travis, sat with Bo during lunch which started their friendshsip. pic.twitter.com/9CElm1AvUv
— Max Shepman (@MaxShepman) April 29, 2017
Rudolph and Bo have remained friends since that day in August, with Rudolph even giving the youngster a customized Florida State jersey and tickets to a game during the 2016 college football season.
And at a time when Rudolph is still grieving the loss of his father who was accidentally shot and killed earlier this month, it’s great to see he is able to surround himself with such a special friend like young Bo.
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