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Manti Te’o has missed one day of workouts, for Katie Couric

Handout of ABC's Katie Couric interviews Note Dame football star Manti Te'o Reuters

As former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o does his best to stay out of the media spotlight until the NFL draft, a couple of people who have been working out with him say the bizarre story of his fake dead girlfriend was only an issue for one day of his pre-Combine workouts.

Former Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, who is working out with Te’o at the IMG Academy in Florida, says Te’o is committed to his pre-draft work.

Manti has been the same Manti I went to college with,’’ Eifert told ESPN.com. “He left to do the Katie Couric interview for one day and I think he was back that same night. He’s been out on the field working just like he’s always worked. I’ve tried to be there for him, but I don’t know that he’s needed all that much help because he’s such a strong person to begin with.’’

Chris Weinke, the former NFL quarterback who is now director of football operations at IMG Academy, offered the same assessment.

“He missed precisely one day,’’ Weinke said. “He’s gone about his business and been the same guy all along. I really admire that because a lot of guys his age would not be able to handle this as well as he has. I haven’t seen any signs of it being a distraction and I expect him to go up to Indianapolis and have a great Combine.’’

If Te’o does have a great Combine, it could go a long way toward convincing NFL teams that Te’o’s off-field distractions are behind him.

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41 Responses to “Manti Te’o has missed one day of workouts, for Katie Couric”
  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 18, 2013 5:09 PM

    Manti Te’o has an invisible friend and its a huge deal. Tebow has one and its perfectly fine…

  2. cometkazie says: Feb 18, 2013 5:09 PM

    The off-field distractions may be behind him, but I bet he gets reminded of them.

  3. Cereal says: Feb 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    Keep grinding Manti, its a good way to forget about the loss of your fake dead girlfriend

  4. tommyribs says: Feb 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Lets be honest, the only thing Te’o really did “wrong” here was be naive and get taken advantage of.

    He didn’t hurt anyone, he wasn’t complicit in a coverup. A very sick person took advantage of him.

    The guy seems like a good guy with a good attitude a good ethic and he loves football.

    He is going to get his ass BUSTED for sure his whole rookie year, and the pranks will be bad, but that will be the worst of it.

  5. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 18, 2013 5:19 PM

    he’s doing great and is receiving a ton of support from his new fake girlfriend.

  6. audient says: Feb 18, 2013 5:21 PM

    But…was that really Katie Couric?

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 18, 2013 5:23 PM

    Don’t be hypocrites people as some of you worshipped Ray Lewis….give the kid a break he hasn’t killed anyone.

  8. thejuddstir says: Feb 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    Missed a day of the combine?? Sounds to me like a “made up excuse”.

  9. davetexansfan says: Feb 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    Hahaha you people are too much. I would loveeeee for him to fall to the Texans in the 1st round, but there’s most likely no way of that happening since NFL Owners are smart people, unlike you guys.

    It’s not like he got caught using steroids or failed a drug test. It’s not like he was cheating in his classes or forged his SAT scores/had someone else take them. It’s not like he was receiving money illegally for playing or trading signed memorabilia for tattoo’s. It’s not like he got a DUI or got in a drunken fight. It’s not like killed anybody or even got arrested!

    I don’t see how he can drop out of the top 15 in the draft. He is one heck of a LB. Pretty much Troy Polumalu at MLB. That’s pretty scary. I would love to see Houston draft him, but no way it happens. My 2 cents.

  10. paulsaddy says: Feb 18, 2013 5:56 PM

    Am I the only one that finds it odd that he blew off his highest priority to talk about the one thing he should be avoiding like the plague?

  11. johnnycash19 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:58 PM

    If I were a GM, I would be happier if he said he was gay. I could accept that, but if’s he not and he is that naive, I’d have a lot more questions about drafting him.

  12. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 18, 2013 5:59 PM

    “Manti Te’o has missed one day of workouts, for Katie Couric.” It must be love!

  13. tooz72 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:03 PM

    good sideline to sideline MLB but i can’t see him doing well in coverage

  14. billsfan1 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:05 PM

    so what you are saying is that he is ignoring his new girlfriend?

  15. packerman1968 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:18 PM

    Chris Weinke and NFl Qb, should never be used in the same sentence.

    Just saying LOL

  16. psychoraider904 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:31 PM

    I would be more worried about the way he played against Alabama in the National Championship instead of this fake dead girlfriend.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 18, 2013 6:31 PM

    If that’s his father beside him it probably would explain why he doesn’t miss any workouts.

  18. donny1rodriguez says: Feb 18, 2013 6:32 PM

    Manti Te’o has an invisible friend and its a huge deal. Tebow has one and its perfectly fine…


    Yes… religion is exactly like publicizing the death of a girlfriend that doesn’t even exist. Yep, same thing.

  19. sdemp says: Feb 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    johnnycash19. . . keep smoking, gives you an excuse for saying stupid things.

  20. landof10000lakes says: Feb 18, 2013 6:43 PM

    I hope my Vikes take him at 23, Esera did well here, so will Manti.

  21. tombradyishotgarbage says: Feb 18, 2013 6:51 PM

    You have to be drowning in misery and hate to find a way to link Ray Lewis to this story….

  22. ravenscaps48 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:12 PM

    And with the 32nd pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, The Baltimore Ravens select Manti Te’o, from the University of Notre Dame

  23. 2difshoe says: Feb 18, 2013 7:23 PM

    Come on guys, easy on Manti we’ve all had ” fake girlfriends”….when we were 5.

  24. thefiesty1 says: Feb 18, 2013 7:33 PM

    Milking his publicity stunt for all it’s worth. Enough already.

  25. theytukrjobs says: Feb 18, 2013 7:53 PM

    Leave the dude alone he’s still grieving. It is hard enough losing someone special, but having to do it alone is even harder.

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 18, 2013 7:54 PM

    You have to be drowning in misery and hate to find a way to link Ray Lewis to this story….

    Not if you had brains and morals you wouldn’t be.

  27. granadafan says: Feb 18, 2013 8:24 PM

    Those who think he did nothing wrong didnt hear him lying on all those interviews to gain sympathy during his Heisman capmaign. This spin doctoring to cover up just reeks of PR agents and handlers. He’s either gay, a pathological liar, and/or the , ost naive gullible person in the world. Either way it’s not looking good for him.

  28. jkulha86 says: Feb 18, 2013 8:31 PM

    This guy, and this story just need to go away already.

  29. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 18, 2013 9:10 PM

    He’s got a new imaginary coach that’s really pushing him…

  30. noring4youstill says: Feb 18, 2013 9:28 PM

    He has imaginary friends. Just like the FalCants and their imaginary wins of games that matter.

  31. lostsok says: Feb 18, 2013 9:39 PM

    I don’t know if Manti is going to be a great player. Love his hustle, but worried about the way he was blocked out against ‘bama.

    That said, Tuiasasopo was the best thing to happen to The Daily Show since Cheney shot that dude in the face.

  32. rcali says: Feb 18, 2013 10:06 PM

    Anyone else thinks he’s a puss for going on with Couric? I mean besides u Notre Damers wearing your rosé colored glasses.

  33. mazblast says: Feb 18, 2013 10:10 PM

    davetexansfan says: Feb 18, 2013 5:49 PM

    Hahaha you people are too much. I would loveeeee for him to fall to the Texans in the 1st round, but there’s most likely no way of that happening since NFL Owners are smart people, unlike you guys.

    It’s not like he got caught using steroids or failed a drug test. It’s not like he was cheating in his classes or forged his SAT scores/had someone else take them. It’s not like he was receiving money illegally for playing or trading signed memorabilia for tattoo’s. It’s not like he got a DUI or got in a drunken fight. It’s not like killed anybody or even got arrested!

    I don’t see how he can drop out of the top 15 in the draft. He is one heck of a LB. Pretty much Troy Polumalu at MLB. That’s pretty scary. I would love to see Houston draft him, but no way it happens. My 2 cents.
    —————————–
    On the biggest stage of his career to date, he was last seen getting faceplanted, pancaked, and completely run over by Alabama’s offensive line and running backs. It’s been established that he’s not strong enough, not fast enough, not quick enough, not tough enough, and either amazingly gullible, arrogant, self-promoting, self-centered, stupid, or a combination thereof.

    And THIS you want as a leading part of your team’s defense?

  34. brintfatre says: Feb 18, 2013 10:27 PM

    Maybe he finally got some while visiting Katie and can leave his imaginary friend behind.

  35. pksullivanmph says: Feb 18, 2013 10:36 PM

    I think all involved in this debacle ought to get a hobby. At least Teo is putting it behind him and doing what he loves most. @footballady52 🏈

  36. stevenwilliams2013 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:45 PM

    Did he meet with the real Katie Couric or the imaginary Katie Couric?

  37. mstiger1 says: Feb 18, 2013 11:23 PM

    Manti defended himself with three fake posts but you can’t see them.

  38. geniusesq says: Feb 18, 2013 11:41 PM

    When he showed up for the interview, he was told that Katie couldn’t make it. She had been mauled by a Bear and needed treatment in Nigeria. While there, she learned that she has 2 days to live and needs you to wire her $1M US Dollars to survive.

    So, she and Manti just conducted the interview on the phone–where they both fell gently to sleep……after he wired the money.

    What a guy.

  39. clintread999 says: Feb 18, 2013 11:43 PM

    gong show antics… just the beginning for this player if he makes a roster.. Showtime

  40. firedup1 says: Feb 19, 2013 1:56 AM

    Second round here I come.

  41. wvphil7 says: Feb 19, 2013 8:34 AM

    He lied for the publicity, he has failed the biggest of tests…. Character, add that to his crappy performance against Alabama, he is big and strong against weak ND opponents, comes up small against real competition, Draft Bust don’t waste the pick on him, let him be someone else’s mistake …. Hahahahaha

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