Nearly a year ago, sixth-grader Bo Paske's life was changed when Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph took a seat at his otherwise empty table in the school cafeteria.
The story went viral, and the college football star was praised for his kindness to the boy with autism. Afterward, the internet couldn't help but root for Rudolph's success both on and off the field — Bo's mom included.
The Florida State junior didn't end up getting selected in the draft, but he did reportedly sign an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Giants, CBSSports.com reports.
Rudolph said he appreciates the support from — especially at this time, because his family just suffered through a shocking tragedy.
Last week, Rudolph's father, Darryl, died in an alleged accidental shooting at Sugar Daddy's in West Palm Beach, where he worked doing maintenance, reports WPEC CBS 12.