Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o knows the stigma of being “cat-fished” will be something he will always have to live with. With so much already working against him, Te’o is trying to do anything to keep the Chargers’ veterans from putting him in their cross hairs.
In an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network Te’o says that he has just been keeping his head down.
Luckily for me I’m surrounded by guys in San Diego who really care about football and really care about winning, and really care about people,” Te’o said. “And for me as a rookie, I just keep my head down and keep working and keep my head in the playbook, so I don’t give them a reason to yell at me or give them a reason to not like me. So for me, I’m just keeping my head down, doing my responsibilities and make sure that I’m working to be the best linebacker I can be.
Te’o is saying and doing everything right before his rookie season starts. If he can continue this into the season the criticism will start to vanish and teams will try to remember why they let Manti Te’o slip to the second round.