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Te’o wants to keep a low profile when vets arrive

Rookie draft pick Te'o stretches as he takes part in the first day of the San Diego Chargers NFL rookie camp at the team's facilities in San Diego Reuters

The early returns on Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o were good.

But he knows everything changes when the veterans show up today, and his long road to assimilation into an NFL locker room begins.

As much as his playing ability, his fitting in will be a storyline this year after rolling into San Diego on a tsunami of attention about the fake dead girlfriend thing.

You’ve just got to keep your head down,” Te’o said, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “Know you’re a rookie. Keep your head down; keep your head in the playbook. Work hard. Show that you really care about what you’re doing, about your job.

“Obviously, you’ve got to earn the respect of the veterans. That will come in time, I’m sure. But with what I’m going to do and with my work ethic, that will come soon.”

Te’o’s hope is that the jokes stop after a short time, and he can earn respect with his play. The Chargers administration obviously thinks he’s deserving.

But after a weekend of running drills with fellow rookies, running the gauntlet of veterans ready to use the comedic material they’ve been saving will be different.

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12 Responses to “Te’o wants to keep a low profile when vets arrive”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 13, 2013 7:46 AM

    I bet he does, ha. However, you can only hide for so long.

  2. lgbarn says: May 13, 2013 7:48 AM

    Just show up on film dude and no one will care about your girlfriend drama.

  3. explosionsauce says: May 13, 2013 7:48 AM

    Too late for a low profile now.

  4. 49erstim says: May 13, 2013 7:58 AM

    It’ll definitely last through mini-camp, but I don’t think it’ll be a big deal by the time training camps kick off in July.

  5. mtheparrothead says: May 13, 2013 8:08 AM

    Spoken like a true leader.

  6. erckle31 says: May 13, 2013 8:13 AM

    I have hope that the Chargers will treat this situation with a sense of profrssionalism unlike the clusterf*ck that is and always will be the New York Jets. I like that Teo is keeping a low profile as he knows he has so much to prove. Hopefully the media won’t torture the fans by covering him 24/7/365.

  7. honkeyt says: May 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    ESPN won’t let it happen. Because of them Tebow can’t get a job.

  8. talkintrashallday says: May 13, 2013 9:03 AM

    Good thing he didn’t go to the Jets…it would be like the media’s Disney Land lol

  9. mazblast says: May 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    Be a willing rider of the Notre Dame Hype Machine. Create a dead girlfriend and milk it for all it’s worth to try to get a Heisman Trophy. Get steamrollered in the biggest game of your career, leaving buttprints in the turf as you get leveled time after time by the opposing team’s offensive linemen and running backs. Get found out on the girlfriend front, too, and claim victimhood.

    Then claim you want to keep a low profile.

  10. woodyc says: May 13, 2013 2:39 PM

    Teo just wants to be extra careful that the vets don’t steal any of his imaginary girlfriends.

  11. baronslick says: May 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    That Charger vets will ride Te’o as a running prop is but a foregone conclusion. The intensity and frequency of the jokes will not only be determined by Manti’s skin or lack thereof, but of his ability to embed himself as a vital cog in San Diego’s young defense.

  12. 1historian says: May 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    mazblast: – your 10:50 a.m. post

    strong words, bold words,

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    spoken from the anonymity (safety) of cyberspace

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