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FSU's Travis Rudolph reunited with lunchmate, gives him jersey and tickets


American playwright Tennessee Williams once said that “time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”

On Monday morning in Orlando, just hours before Florida State and star receiver Travis Rudolph were set to open their season against Ole Miss, that adage was proven true.

Rudolph, who is a West Palm native and Cardinal Newman alum, made headlines earlier in the week for eating lunch with Bo Paske, a sixth-grade student at Montford Middle School who happens to have autism.

The story garnered attention after Bo’s mother Leah shared a Facebook post that commended Rudolph for his meaningful act of kindness and closed with the hashtag “fansforlife.”

Bo and Leah didn’t have to wait long to see their new favorite player in action.

With a little help from ESPN, Bo and Travis were reunited on Monday morning. Rudolph came bearing gifts, presenting Bo with a customized Florida State jersey and tickets to the game that night.

During an interview, Bo revealed that he and Rudolph spoke about sports during their lunch together, with each expressing his aspiration to play professional sports. Not only did Bo say he wanted to play in the NBA, but he vowed that, when old enough, he would cross up LeBron James.

With Bo and Leah in attendance, Rudolph hauled in six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown during Florida State’s 45-34 comeback win against eleventh-ranked Ole Miss.


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