Manti Te'o blames combine stress for his poor 40 yard dash time
NFL, Manti Te'o

Another day, and another excuse from Manti Te'o

2/26/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o rests on a bench during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsManti Te'o was always highly touted for, among other things, his speed.

At the NFL Draft combine, he was supposed to show that off.

Unfortunately, he fell pretty far short of expectations, running the 40-yard dash in a rather slow 4.82 seconds.

Of course, he had an explanation for it.

"I was running near a 4.6, a 4.5. Today was just a long, long day.. [People can expect] better numbers [at his Notre Dame Pro Day workout]. [I will be] rested.  One day you hit it hard and then you are done."

It's a bit disconcerting to see a guy who wants to play in the NFL talking about being stressed out after a long day at the NFL Combine.

The life of an NFL player is full of long days.

If Manti Te'o truly wants to be an NFL player, he needs to get used to high stress levels, long days, and grueling work loads.

He'll be expected to be a leader on whatever team drafts him, because that's the narrative. That's the way he has defined himself thus far, and that's the story that the media have given us.

Can he really lead an NFL defense, if the stress of the scouting combine forced him to run a sub-par 40 time? Is that really the kind of man that you want leading your team?

The more we learn about Manti Te'o, the less he looks like a 1st round prospect. If this continues, he might find himself falling out of the 2nd round, as well.
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2/26/13   |   Jess   |   35135 respect

This guy's a college athlete - long days should affect him less now than ever. Of course, everybody needs to knock the rust off after a long break from playing but you'd think he would have been ready. It's not like he didn't know this day was coming. 

I've been forced to watch the Combine in full this year, or listen to it rather. I've been hearing a lot of "this player will show us more what to expect on their Pro Day..." and I wonder every time why that's any different. Do they not prepare the same way for both? I do understand those people who can't work out for whatever reason; heart issues, injury, illness, etc. but the guys like Te'o I just don't get.

2/26/13   |   Scott   |   54816 respect

From a sure-fire top 5 pick to possibly a middle round pick, all in the span of two months.  That BCS title game against Bama and the off the field hoopla could cost this guy millions of $$$