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Te'o: I'm 'pretty prepared' for NFL

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02:05 PM ET 04.29 | After dealing with the commotion over his fake online girlfriend and his flop in the national championship game, Manti Te'o believes he's ready for the NFL. That includes being mentally tough enough for the verbal abuse he'll surely hear in places such as Philadelphia, where the San Diego Chargers play their first road game next season, and Oakland. "After the couple months I've been through, I think I'm pretty prepared," Te'o said Saturday in his introductory news conference. "As far as going into another stadium, you can't worry about that stuff. You're with your family, you're with your brothers out there. That's all that matters. That's all you can really pay attention to. Yeah, it's a football game, and you play with the guys that you've prepared with, and you focus on what's important, and that's making sure that when the Chargers walk off, we're victorious."

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April 29, 2013  02:31 PM ET

Whatever Te'o.......you think Lacy was a load.... wait till next fall

April 29, 2013  02:39 PM ET

I have nothing else to say about this guy...

April 29, 2013  02:46 PM ET

He will love San Diego!

April 29, 2013  02:58 PM ET

Everyone in San Diego hopes to be in the playoffs. Te'o will be right at home with that fantasy, too.

April 29, 2013  03:35 PM ET

As prepared a you were for the BCS Championship game? or the combine? Maybe it's time for Te'o to close his pie hole and let his onfield performance do his talking! He just sounds stupid everytime he opens it.

April 29, 2013  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He will love San Diego!

Agreed. Imaginary or not, SD is a great place to live.

April 29, 2013  03:55 PM ET

When is this guy going to figure out that he just needs to shut his mouth? Period, no more talking. Just do your work and shut up. Shhhhhhhh!

April 29, 2013  04:31 PM ET

I like the not so hidden dig at Philly fans......

April 29, 2013  04:36 PM ET

Unlike everyone else here who thinks the right to free speech no longer applies to Teo, I have no problem with his comments. I also think he'll be a decent-to-pretty good linebacker for the Chargers.

April 29, 2013  04:41 PM ET

There's so many jokes about this guy and that story, I just can't. I'll just say he should like San Diego. It's reasonably close to San Francisco where he'll probably be spending most of his free time.

April 29, 2013  04:43 PM ET

I feel pretty, oh so pretty. pretty and witty and...oops.

April 29, 2013  04:44 PM ET

This guy is a major head case.

April 29, 2013  05:01 PM ET

Time to let the air out, fold her up and start getting ready, Mr. T

April 29, 2013  05:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There's so many jokes about this guy and that story, I just can't. I'll just say he should like San Diego. It's reasonably close to San Francisco where he'll probably be spending most of his free time.

Lol.

This was actually a fairly funny gay joke, as far as gay jokes go.

April 29, 2013  05:11 PM ET

I think he'll be another Bosworth.

April 29, 2013  05:14 PM ET
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I think he'll be another Bosworth.

Could be, but I don't see any reason to think that.

Teo was a five star recruit coming out of HS and actually played extremely well with the exception of the NC game, which may or may not haven been due to his Lennay Kekua ordeal.

Either way, Teo had Great Expectations and lived up to them with the exception of one big game. I suspect he'll be a decent to good player.

April 29, 2013  06:24 PM ET

Let's see what he does. He's got his chance.

April 29, 2013  07:10 PM ET

Oh, he thinks he is but just wait...

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April 29, 2013  07:13 PM ET

We will soon find out just how prepared he is!

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