Manti Te’o: Alabama Game Doesn’t Define My Career

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o in the BCS National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mandatory Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o had all of the makings of a top twenty pick heading into the BCS National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide, but then everything came crashing down. Now, there are those who question whether Te’o should even be a first-round pick. Alabama’s dominant line was able to render Te’o useless and exposed the major flaws in his game.

Almost immediately after the game, a Deadspin report surfaced that showed the story of his girlfriend’s death was a total fraud, and people began to question Te’o even more.

Te’o understands that people will look at the Alabama take because it is the top team he faced during his college career, but he doesn’t want to be defined by that one game.It was the worst game he has ever had and, but Te’o wants talent evaluators to use all of his game film instead of focusing on those sixty minutes.

“It’s a little frustrating that people look at one game and say that was the closest thing to an NFL team that I had faced, not giving credit to all the other teams that I played,” Te’o told the Detroit Lions official website. “So you’re saying Stanford isn’t an NFL team; Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue and USC. [Alabama] is definitely a game I didn’t do as well as I could have, but it’s not something I felt could define my career at Notre Dame.”

When you consider everything that Te’o had on his mind heading in to the game with the story of his girlfriend about to be reported, you can understand why he may have looked unfocused and unprepared, but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse.

Te’o needs to do better than that and he needs to keep his emotions in check.

While he was dominated in the Alabama game, he was also the only player on that Notre Dame defense that Alabama was game-planning for. Their focus was to shut down Te’o and force the others to make plays, and that is exactly what they did with no one else stepping up.

Te’o can be better.

He has shown all draft season that he is dedicated to improving himself on and off the field, so an NFL general manager should feel comfortable making Te’o their first-round selection.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Alabama Crimson Tide, BCS< National Championship, Football, Manti Te'o, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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  • http://www.facebook.com/DannyBowen Danny Bowen

    “So you’re saying Stanford isn’t an NFL team; Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue and USC.” Yes, we are saying none of those teams come close to an Alabama, and Alabama isn’t an NFL team either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.blazic.3 John Blazic

    Is this kid that stupid that he thinks Mich St, Mich, Purd, USC are NFL teams? Stanford has some talent but how bad were those other 4 teams? Did he not see what Bama did to Mich the 1st game? But I guess not since Bama ran the same damn play for a TD on their 2nd series vs. those skirt boys from ND as they did against Mich for the 1st TD of the year. I was in Miami and called that play when they had 1st and goal from the 3 and bam, right over Te’o for 6.

    They must be living in a dream world up in South Bend but not a big surprise as I never saw a more entitled or ignorant group of fans. They all thought ND had a shot in that game and when you looked at stats and who each team had difficulties with, it was no contest. I posted on one of the Bleacher Report articles the week before the game that Bama would cruise to a 20 point win, shows what I know, only 8 points short.
    Will be interesting to see where he goes and how he does.
    Roll Tide

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Kidd/100000293625376 Joe Kidd

    We beat Michigan and Michigan state recently EASILY. We would do the same to Stanford. And Purdue? HAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA!!!!

  • Ed

    Alabama will be on probation sooner or latter.

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