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FSU receiver Travis Rudolph's lunch with autistic boy goes viral



A kind deed by Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph has gone viral online.

Rudolph (along with teammates Dalvin Cook, Derwin James, Deondre Francois and Jalen Wilkerson) spent two hours visiting Montford Middle School in Tallahassee on Tuesday.

The moment that went viral: Rudolph sharing lunch with an autistic boy. The child's mother posted a photo and explained why it was important in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 7,200 times.

Most days, the mother explained, her son eats lunch alone, but Rudolph joined him Tuesday. A friend sent her a photo of Rudolph and the boy together.

"I had tears streaming down my face..." Leah Paske wrote. "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."

Rudolph told reporters in Tallahassee that he remembers what it was like when he met NFL players as a child in south Florida.

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

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:22am]


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