Earlier today we passed along the news that Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz was invited to New York for the 2013 NFL Draft but was unsure if he would attend, but we have learned the decision of one draft prospect. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has turned down an invitation (actually two) to attend the draft in New York.
Te’o likely realizes that his presence in New York would create an unbelievable frenzy that would take away from his special moment. Te’o is close to realizing his dream and it would be a shame to see that taken away from him with the constant media attention at the draft. For once, Te’o has made a good decision.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network passed along the news:
#NotreDame LB Manti Te’o has turned down 2 invitations to be in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 NFL Draft, per sources
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2013
Te’o will likely spend his draft day at home with his family, free of any Catfishing interviews or negative press.
For a man that is getting ready to make the jump to the NFL, you can’t blame him for wanting to enjoy the moment with those who have been their by his side throughout all of his troubles.