Drama Aside, Just How Good Is Manti Te'o?

AP Photo

INDIANAPOLIS — Manti Te'o won't have any problem distinguishing himself from the roughly 300 other prospects who will roll through the annual meat market that is the NFL scouting combine. Sometimes that can be an issue amid a scene where players are outfitted in non-descript jerseys identifying them as, say, WR07 or OL26.


Not for Te'o, the catfished Notre Dame linebacker. Everybody knows his name.


Too bad it's not just about football. The Te'o baggage is overloaded with the humiliating saga that involved apparently getting duped by a guy posing as a fake girlfriend, then carrying on with the lie about "her death" after learning of the hoax.


"Guys come into the process with 10 hurdles to clear. Well, he's got an 11th hurdle," an...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

The Tao of Te'o: Spiritual Journey to Combine

Mike Tanier, Sports on Earth - February 21, 2013

Recently unearthed in a clay pot during an archeological dig of an independent bookstore in Glen Burnie, Maryland, these new stanzas of the Tao Te Ching appear to bear directly on this year's NFL draft. Was Lao Tzu having a... more »

Te'o to Feel Heat at Combine Interviews

Jim Corbett, USA Today - February 19, 2013

When the NFL's scouting combine gets underway in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Manti Te'o figures to be the center of attention for reasons few could have imagined a month and a half ago when the college football season came to a... more »

Why 18 Is Old Enough to Vote, But Not Sign LOI

Brian Palmer, Slate - February 12, 2013

Top college football prospect Alex Collins spent Wednesday trying to track down his mother, who had intercepted his letter of intent to attend the University of Arkansas. (Apparently she did not want him to attend college far... more »

Football Playoff Will Spell Death for Polls

Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports - February 12, 2013

There's lots to be decided before college football's first final four. Starting with the fact that a playoff will not have the words "final" or "four" in it. Something about upsetting the NCAA and its trademarked-to-the-teeth,... more »

4 'Bama Football Players Arrested After Robbery

Andrew Gribble, - February 12, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Three Alabama football players were arrested Monday for second-degree robbery while another was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. Freshman linebacker Tyler Hayes, 18, freshman safety Eddie... more »