The story behind NC State’s unexpected friendship photo
RALEIGH, N.C. — A photo showing two N.C. State football players befriending a handicapped student at lunch has quickly gone viral, garnering national attention.
The photo went viral on the photo sharing website Imgur with the caption “Two NC State football players sat with a student who was eating alone during lunch.”
It is resonating with people because it appears as an unexpected friendship and act of kindness toward a student who was eating alone.
But WTVD reported that’s not exactly what happened.
It turns out that graduate student tight end Asa Watson has been friends with Will Spence, the student in a wheelchair, for quite some time.
In reality, it is just a normal lunch for Watson and Spence, and freshman center Cole Blankenship.
The three actually said they were unaware anyone took their photo while they were eating, and they’re still unsure who it was.
Watson is no stranger to good deeds. He completed mission work in Jamaica in the summer of 2012 and spent time working with youth on Skid Row in Los Angeles in 2011, according to the N.C. State Athletics website.