Now-Popular Autistic Student Likens Lunch With Florida State Star To ‘Sitting On Rainbows’

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Travis Rudolph has transformed one kid’s middle school experience with a simple act of kindness.

The Florida State wide receiver ate lunch with Bo Paske on Tuesday at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Fla. Paske, an autistic student, was eating alone until Rudolph joined him. Surely, you’re familiar with the story, which has gone viral on the Internet.

Life at school never will be the same for Paske following his encounter with Rudolph. Paske recounted the tale to “Fox and Friends” and said there’s a valuable lesson in his impromptu meeting with the junior wideout.

“It was kind of like me sitting on a rainbow,” Paske said Thursday. “I just saw him and he said, ‘Hey, can I sit down with you?’ ” Bo said. “And I said, ‘Sure, why not?’ And just like that we were eating lunch together, and he even signed my lunch box.”

Added Rudolph: “I didn’t even recognize that it would be this big. It just became really viral, and I just wanted it to become aware that everyone is the same, and one man can make a difference.”

Paske’s mother Leah, whose Facebook post brought Rudolph’s lunch with her son to national attention, said Bo no longer no longer struggles to find lunch companions.

“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.”

Travis Rudolph’s résumé now should include “nice guy,” “NFL prospect” and “wingman extraordinaire.”

Thumbnail photo via Facebook/Leah Paske

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