Manti Te’o trying not to give veterans any reason to dislike him

Reuters

More than any other rookie, Manti Te’o arrived in the NFL with a reputation. And because his public reputation is shaped largely by the bizarre hoax in which he claimed to have fallen in love with a cancer patient who never actually existed, there’s been a great deal of talk about whether Te’o can fit in around his new teammates.

But Te’o says that in the two months since he was drafted by the Chargers, things have gone well. Te’o said in an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network that everyone on the team has welcomed him, and that the only thing that seems to matter is whether he can help them win games.

“Luckily for me I’m surrounded by guys in San Diego who really care about football and really care about winning, and really care about people,” Te’o said. “And for me as a rookie, I just keep my head down and keep working and keep my head in the playbook, so I don’t give them a reason to yell at me or give them a reason to not like me. So for me, I’m just keeping my head down, doing my responsibilities and make sure that I’m working to be the best linebacker I can be.”

Te’o seems to realize that the best way to make people forget about the embarrassing end of his Notre Dame career is to get off to a good start in his NFL career.

50 responses to “Manti Te’o trying not to give veterans any reason to dislike him

  1. As long as you keep carrying those shoulder pads and bags, doing their errands, and getting the doughnuts and coffee, you’ll be Ok, rookie.

  2. So much has happened in the NFL this offseason with the Pats that his story is starting to fade but people still want to bring it back up. Can we let it go now?

  3. I just hope that Teo doesn’t mistake his teammates backing him and welcoming him for another type of affection

  4. mrgroovesd says:
    So much has happened in the NFL this offseason with the Pats that his story is starting to fade but people still want to bring it back up. Can we let it go now?

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    NOPE! And if you think that is bad, just wait until he comes to Oaktown on Oct 6th baby…LOL!!

    Late…

  5. All of that stuff that happened might have been the best thing for him cause now he’s gonna be even more focused and stuff that matters and trying extra hard to stay out of the spotlight

  6. I don’t give them a reason to yell at me or give them a reason to not like me.

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    I wonder if the heterosexual NFL players worry about ‘being liked’ as well.

  7. ah leave the man alone

    but really, I think he will have a nice career. however we saw how he handles pressure. I wouldn’t fear him at all in big games til he proves otherwise

  8. I hate ND as much as anyone, but let it go already. There would be less talk about it if he allegedly raped a woman, or shot a gun in public.

  9. Think this kid will be one of the steals in the draft. Dropped because of something non football related and now has something to prove with a ton of talent

  10. He’s given us single guys the greatest line to tell our buddies every weekend that we don’t have a date: “what do mean I don’t have a date? I do have a date — with Lennay Kekua !”

  11. @jackdaniels pink jersey comment is absolutely lame bro. Makes no sense….

    @jayniner- seriously man Teo has big shows to fill because he is Samoan and Seau was Samoan. #LAME

  12. Manti is going to be a DROY candidate. Playing next to breakout MLB Donald Butler. They will be second to Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman… but not for long.

  13. @raidermick3sb3rings
    Oct 6th and there is a possible, ever so small, but still possible chance you could be still playing for something other then pride. Maybe try and get a win rather then worrying about another teams 2nd round MLB. Loser. LOL

  14. Don’t know if I’ll ever be able to wrap my head around this guy’s whole story but I get the feeling that he has taken enough punishment and learned his lesson. Pretty hard to ever live that one down. As a rival fan, I can’t help but root against his success on the field, but I think it’s fair to say that he deserves a chance to prove himself and move on from all that drama. Luckily people in San Diego don’t pay too much attention to football so he doesn’t have to worry about a big spotlight on him.

  15. What I find bizarre is players who can’t even make it out of college without acquiring a baby mamma or two along the way. Birth control really isn’t all that complicated. The league and the world in general need a lot more Te’o’s and a lot fewer dumb a$$es.

  16. While blindly attempting to make jokes about this guy, I think you guys forget that he didn’t set this gf thing up. He was catfished. Also, the one game against Alabama doesn’t define his career. He has a lengthy résumé.

  17. I love how the 8,237,544th person to make a joke about this still thinks their schtick is fresh and clever.

  18. 619sdfan4life says:
    Jun 24, 2013 9:48 PM

    @jayniner- seriously man Teo has big shows to fill because he is Samoan and Seau was Samoan. #LAME

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    Dude, Seau was arguably one of the greatest Linebackers to ever play the game….Period. It had nothing to do with heritage or race. He was a class act, unless you never had a chance to meet him or visit his restaurant.

    What position does Te’o play? And for what team? And in what city? Exactly.

    It’s gonna be a long time before ANYONE truly comes close to filling Seau’s shoes.

  19. Anyone playing the “Te’o filling Seau’s shoes” angle is just looking for an easy angle. It’s not like Seau just retired or left the team, he’s been gone from the Chargers lineup for years now. If Te’o was anything other than Samoan, this wouldn’t even be mentioned.

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