“It’s great motivation for me to go out there and just get better, and that’s what I intend to do,” he told Chargers.com. Friday morning, after the first-round draft snub brought the latest humiliation in what felt like an endless run of embarrassment for a player who otherwise is known as hardworking, dutiful, caring and talented, Kelly decided to call Manti.
For the first time since the Crimson Tide ran over his Fighting Irish in the title game, Te’o’s reality is back in his own hands. Finally, what matters will be what he can do, tangibly, on the football field. It’s not about explaining how he got duped into believing he had a girlfriend who was actually a guy, or why he embellished their relationship. It’s not about defending his size (a little small) or his speed (a little slow).
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