It has been an emotional moment for Travis Rudolph.
Just days after his father was killed by a supposedly accidental bullet wound, the football player at Florida State University took an important step to make his NFL dreams a reality.
Rudolph signed a contract with the New York Giants after he was not selected during this year's NFL draft, CBS reported.
The wide receiver gained popularity in August 2016 after an image of him having lunch with a child with autism went viral. The boy, Bo Paske of the sixth grade, has been encouraging Rudolph to do the NFL since then.
Here is the picture of that first lunch together:
"Honestly, I am blessed to be here and I am blessed to have my family with me while supporting me throughout this process "Rudolph told WPTV about the draft pick.
The family decided to postpone the funeral services for Rudolph's father until after the NFL's recruitment.
Darryl Rudolph died in a supposedly accidental shooting in late April. Elder Rudolph was at the Sugar Daddy Cabaret in West Palm Beach when an AK-47 assault rifle was fired and shot in the neck, WPLG reported.
Paul Senat, co-owner of the club, faces a charge of manslaughter in the incident.