4 Heartwarming Stories to Celebrate the Kickoff of College Football

2. Florida State University’s Travis Rudolph Makes A New Friend

It only takes one person to have a positive impact in a child’s life. Florida State University junior receiver Travis Rudolph wasn’t looking to be a part of a viral story on a recent trip to a middle school with teammates. He saw a boy eating lunch alone and decided to join him. The boy’s name is Bo, and he has autism. It turns out that eating alone is how Bo spent many lunches.

Remembering how former professional and college football players reached out to him as a child, Travis saw the chance to be both a friend and a difference maker in Bo’s life — even if it was just for one day. Now, we know about the encounter (thanks to a photo shared by Bo’s mother on Facebook). “I feel like God makes everything happen for a reason,” the Florida State football player said of the moment.

3. The Tigers Play For Louisiana

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There’s also the Louisiana State University football team, which plays in a state recently hit by flooding and more. Head coach Les Miles describes his team’s mindset as thinking beyond football. “We play for Louisiana. Then we play for team. And then we play for ourselves,” Miles said in a recent interview.

Leadership in a football program starts at the top. Les Miles is that leader, and those players are a reflection of him if they follow his example — regardless of the wins and losses.