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NFL teams scouting Manti Te'o's media play

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09:36 AM ET 02.23 | Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he wants to "spend a lot of time" with Manti Te'o at the NFL Scouting Combine. Bears GM Phil Emery has hinted that he'll talk to Te'o. Giants GM Jerry Reese has said the same thing. But for a few minutes on Saturday, they and just about every other NFL exec in Indianapolis will simply watch. No, Te'o won't be running or bench-pressing; that comes Monday. But he will take questions from reporters for the first time since the startling revelation of his fake girlfriend. Many teams have been evaluating how Te'o has handled his own media firestorm. And while media savvy isn't nearly as important as speed or strength, it is an underrated component.

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February 23, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Give the guy a break. He just lost his fake girlfriend.

February 23, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Give the guy a break. He just lost his fake girlfriend.

It happens...

February 23, 2013  10:42 AM ET

Just imagine whats going to happen when this guy hits the locker room, their going to laugh him off the team and when he gets on the field, he will find out what the Boz found out, There's no place to hide!!!!

February 23, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Best thing he can do is buy up all of those tapes from the Alabama game and burn them.

February 23, 2013  11:00 AM ET

He better be a much tougher player than he appears to be. If not, it's gonna be a rough camp and tough year.

February 23, 2013  11:02 AM ET

He's going to get a rude awakening in the NFL. The Bama game showed just how overrated he is as a player. He should have NEVER won any of those awards over Clowney.

February 23, 2013  11:10 AM ET

I'm not going to put him down for the fake girlfriend. Being duped is excusable. But his character comes into question when he started to lie about it. And the quality of his education at Notre Dame is questioned when he didn't have a clue after that long a period.

His ability comes into question when you see him up against Alabama. He should be embarrassed about that a lot more than the fake girlfriend.

I don't want to hear one word from anyone about how his troubles with his fake girlfriend influenced his play. I'm sure that he sat back waiting for the snap and thought "gee...how can I possibly play well because she was fake?" Give me a break...that never once entered his mind once Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon started running over him all night long.

Just like the Oklahoma State tragedy. A truly tragic time when the ladies volleyball team all died like they did. But there is no freaking way in hell that had anything to do with the play of the football team against Iowa State. I'm sure they all sat in the huddle and discussed how upset they were and couldn't go on. Sheesh...man up and admit when you get your **** kicked.

This is not to take away from the true tragedy that took place and I hope I didn't trivialize it in any way.

February 23, 2013  11:12 AM ET

WHAT IS IT WITH ALL THESE usc PLAYERS GETTING HURT ? First Barkley, then Holmes pulls a peck lifting weights. I'm beginning to question how USC conditions their athletes.

February 23, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Best thing he can do is buy up all of those tapes from the Alabama game and burn them.

Wont help we have YouTube now!

February 23, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just imagine whats going to happen when this guy hits the locker room

All is forgiven if he can play.

February 23, 2013  12:28 PM ET
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he wasnt duped! youre being duped if you believe that. he is gay. plain and simple

I've been thinking the same. Even the dude that was supposedly playing the fake girlfriend role said he still loves and cares about T'eo. Said that publicly. T'eo just needs to admit it and move on.

February 23, 2013  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

All is forgiven if he can play.

I watched the Bama game. All won't be forgiven.....

February 23, 2013  01:39 PM ET

as a Packer fan im really excited to see the bears and vikings taking interest!

February 23, 2013  03:30 PM ET

He played for Notre Dame, the kings of over hype

February 23, 2013  04:16 PM ET

If a team runs a fake Manti will be lost again......

February 23, 2013  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

WHAT IS IT WITH ALL THESE usc PLAYERS GETTING HURT ? First Barkley, then Holmes pulls a peck lifting weights. I'm beginning to question how USC conditions their athletes.

TROLL

February 23, 2013  07:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I've been thinking the same. Even the dude that was supposedly playing the fake girlfriend role said he still loves and cares about T'eo. Said that publicly. T'eo just needs to admit it and move on.

I like how you did that with the Quote.

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February 23, 2013  08:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

What's this about Mike Wallace possibly going to the Browns, Mangler?

Hey DJ, He turned down $10M /yr from the Steelers then held out last year, so he is gone, The Browns have money to burn this year, and would probably like to snatch him from a rival. so... there ya go!

 
February 23, 2013  10:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Give the guy a break. He just lost his fake girlfriend.

That's funny! He's having an imaginary hard time over it.

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