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discover the truth about manti
If you do not know about Manti Te'o, he is a passionate football player who played for the
University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He has won so many awards and became known as a
very much decorated collegiate football player because of his natural talent to play the linebacker
position. Manti is originally hailed from Oahu, Hawaii and he also received a lot of awards as a
high school football player.
Te'o was born in a family of seven which is of Samoan ancestry. He has 5 other siblings including
one brother and 4 sisters their parents are Brian and Ottilia Te'o. He began playing football for a
distinguished private school located in Honolulu, Hawaii - Punahou School. Despite being a high
school sophomore in 2006, he got selected in the second-team all-state roster because of his
stellar performance in just his first year of his varsity career. In his junior year, Manti won the
Gatorade state player of the year and the Honolulu Advertiser state defensive player of the year in
2007. Recruiters from several colleges around the nation started to take notice of his superior
accomplishment. His best performance to date would ultimately happen during his senior year at
Even before the start of his 2008-09 senior year, Te'o already received many scholarship offers
from state and national colleges. In actual fact, he was offered football scholarships from more
than 30 colleges from around the nation. He did not fail the expectations that were expected of
him. Punahou won the Hawaii Football State Championship because of Manti's feat during the
2008 season. The Honolulu Advertiser even considered Te'o as the overall state player of the
year. Manti's football achievements was recognized as one of the mostS decorated and very
much recruited football players in the entire history of Hawaii. By the end of Manti's thriving
season, he fully commited to play football for the University of Notre Dame.
On September 5, 2009, Manti head to play in his first collegiate football game. He entered the
game during the second quarter against the Nevada Wolfpacks. His first collegiate begin as a
Fighting Irish was in opposition to the Purdue Boilermakers. He was named the third-nearly all
number tackler completed by a Notre Dame freshman after making 63 tackles during his
freshman year. On December 8, 2009, Te'o was included in the Freshman All-American team by
the College Football News. In the same year, Rivals.com placed him in the second-team for the
Freshman All-American Team.
During his college sophomore year, he switched to the inside linebacker in the year 2010. This
was Manti's ultimate football position. The switch occurred,was made by defensive coach Bob
Diaco because the Notre Dame football team adopted the 3-4 defensive scheme. Te'o racked up
a total of 133 tackles after the implementation of the new defensive scheme along with his natural
football skills. His career high of 21 tackles came in a game against Stanford. This number was
considered the highest number of tackles accomplished by a Notre Dame player since the year
2006. He became a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Bednarik Award which are awards
given to the best collegiate defensive player. CNNSI included him in the second-team allAmerican football team.
In his junior year, Manti repeated his defensive prowess. During the 2011 season, he racked up a
total of 128 tackles. He became a finalist for the Lott Trophy and Butkus Award for his
extraordinary performance on the field. He was ultimately famous as the 2011 FBS Independent
Defensive Player of the Year. He was again included in the second-team All-American teams by
numerous organizations. By the end of the season, the outstanding collegiate football player
Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award as the college defensive player of the year was
awarded to Manti.
Te'o became the team's leading tackler during his senior year, compiling 300 career tackles
overall. In addition to tackling, he had the nearly all interceptions in the team. Many consider Te'o
as among the the majority decorated defensive players in the whole college history. He was able
to add the 2012 Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year Lott Trophy to his list of accolades. And to
top it all off, Te'o became a very much ranked candidate for the 2012 Heisman Trophy Award. In
spite of an unforgettable season with the Fighting Irish and the team's winning attitude, they
eventually finished short for the national title against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Manti's love for the game and his team mates has landed him where he is today, no matter what
the news is reporting about him. His true football abilities has proved to world that he can perform
and contribute at the next level. He has led his Fighting Irish to a perfect season and displayed
great leadership, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm on the field. His excellent performance and
leadership skills signifies a true football player, for this NFL teams have shown interest in signing
him. He is projected to be picked in the early rounds of the upcoming 2013 NFL draft, which he is
currently training and preparing for. The anticipation & curiousity is building and hovering over the
team to be awarding the Manti Te'o jersey and will be the most watched selection during the NFL
draft. The Manti Te'o journey to the NFL will be an epic event, if you've read this far thank you for
being be part of it!
On Friday, April 26, 2013, the San Diego Chargers selected Manti Te'o in the 2nd round of the
2013 NFL Draft. After trading two picks to the Arizona Cardinals, the Chargers selected Notre
Dame linebacker star Manti Te'o at No. 38 overall. Manti will be wearing jersey number 51.
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