In one of the most bizarre stories surrounding sports this past year, Mant Te’o had a fake girlfriend. While he is only at fault for being naive, he has felt the wrath of the media and of fans. While he was initially projected to be a top 10 pick, in combination with this off-the-field issue and his poor performance in the NFL combine, Te’o dropped to the San Diego Chargers.
With rookie hazing very common in NFL locker rooms, it has been expected that his NFL veteran teammates would come down hard on the young linebacker. According to Te’o, this has not been the case so far.
“No, lucky for me I’m surrounded by guys in San Diego who really care about football and really care about winning, and they really care about people. 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.
A wise strategy, being a rookie and trying to prove yourself is a hard enough task as it is. As a ND fan, I admit that I am pulling for the guy.