Chargers FB Le'Ron McClain: 'Sky’s the limit' for Manti Te’o
The 24-year-old Te’o’s past haunted him in the NFL draft as it was among the issues that concerned teams over drafting him. But the Chargers opted to pick up Te’o with the 38th overall pick, with the belief that the Notre Dame linebacker’s controversial past would eventually fade away, and the player would be a steal if he has an impact on the defense.
Te’o has since been keeping his head down, minding his own work and trying hard to repair his image. The Chargers have confidence in the rookie linebacker and are trying hard to remove all distractions so that Te’o can focus solely focus on football instead. For this purpose, the Chargers media relations department has made Te’o off limits to the media for now.
But the media curiosity Te’o has not faded away as they dug up a new source in their relentless efforts to get some information on the player’s progress thus far. From early reports, Te’o seems to be slowly winning over the locker room, while impressing veterans like Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain with his strong work ethics and focus on-the-field.
“The guy came in, and he’s been working since he stepped on the field, stepped in the weight room,” McClain said of Te’o. “He’s caught everybody’s eye to see that he’s a great player.”
“I just think him handling this situation, everything that was down on him, he was still showing faith,” continued McClain. “He just wants to play football and be the best player he could be. I don’t even think about the (hoax) no more.”
Displaying a level of majority along with a on-field dedication will go a long way in Te’o’s quest to prove himself worthy and impress the coaching staff this offseason. The Heisman Trophy finalist is among the team’s top options to start alongside fellow inside linebacker.
“The sky’s the limit for (Te’o),” said McClain. “I’m looking forward to seeing him on Sundays.”