Manti Te’o hopes NFL scouts look at his play, not hoax

February 19, 2013

Manti Te’o is working out at the IMG Academy in Florida and preparing for the NFL draft.  (J. Meric / Getty Images)

As the NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin, Manti Te’o is confident that the naivete he showed in falling for an online hoax won’t harm his stock among scouts.

Te’o, the former Notre Dame linebacker who was the Heisman Trophy runnerup, told USA Today’s Jim Corbett that he has stopped using social media and is focused on getting ready for the combine and NFL draft in late April.

“I have to just go out there and perform and all that other stuff is behind me,” he said . “What I did on the field is what I did on the field. I don’t think what I did with this whole situation, I don’t understand how it takes away from what I did on the field.

“As far as my stock dropping or rising, that’s not up to me. The only thing I have to do is just do well, run fast, just be myself, be quick.”

Te’o, who will undergo physical and psychological tests at the combine, said he was the victim of a catfishing hoax involving a dead girlfriend who, it turned out, never existed.

“I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t break any rules,” Te’o said “I didn’t hurt anybody. I just wasn’t very forthcoming, as forthcoming as I should have been but in that, I didn’t do anything wrong. I have to just be myself. For me, the greatest fault would be to tell somebody something I’m not.

“And when it’s time to do the interviews, just be myself and everything will fall into place.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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