Manti Malietau Te'o (Notre Dame Legend)

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TOA

“"TUI MANU'A LO'U ALI'I E"”

Since: Jun 09

Compton, CA

#1 Nov 26, 2012
Chicago Tribune reporter,November 25, 2012

Only one lei ringed Manti Te'o's neck and shoulders as quiet settled on Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, just one rainbow-colored string of small flowers and not the earlobe-high stack of festive bands he sported a week earlier.It was a simple statement of celebration after a simple statement worth celebrating: Notre Dame was in the national title game, and this splendid night was all he came back for and more.

Te'o left the field in buoyant, giant gallops, at a loss for any words that didn't emerge as screams."If there's anything I can say, the heavenly Father answers prayers in ways you don't know," Te'o said."And you may not see it at the time. At the time, it may seem like the odds of something happening are crazy. I've been an example that if you pray and actually listen and have faith, he will provide a way for you to do it. I'm grateful I was smart enough to listen."Te'o came back for this, to lead Notre Dame one more time, and his team followed to 12 wins and no losses and a No. 1 ranking and a BCS title game berth on Jan. 7.

What he could not have considered as even a possibility was the Heisman Trophy decision that arrives on Dec. 8 and, possibly, renders him a legend.Needing one last statement to fortify his presence at the Heisman ceremony and give him a shot to win it, the senior linebacker recorded his seventh interception of the season against USC, while getting one-eleventh of the credit for the eye-opening goal-line stand that cleared the path to South Florida.With no more games, Te'o literally can do no more."If a guy like Manti Te'o is not going to win the Heisman, they should just make it an offensive award," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "Just give it to the offensive player every year, and let's just cut to the chase.

He is the backbone of a 12-0 football team that has proven itself each and every week."If the Heisman Trophy is what it is, I don't know how Manti Te'o is left out of that conversation."When Kansas State's Collin Klein threw three interceptions in a loss to Baylor on Nov. 17, Te'o surged in the Heisman straw polls. But he remained second to Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, Texas A&M's storm surge of a quarterback who on Saturday set the SEC single-season record for total yards with 4,600.It's one force Te'o won't have the opportunity to stop. Manziel has numbers and cachet and, in a swift stroke by Texas A&M, will speak to the media for the first time Monday, just as everyone considers their ballots. Te'o has cachet and glitz to spare, too, but his closing statement revolves around the unseen."I've said it before and I'll say it again," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said. "I don't think there's ever been a leader of a team who matches the values of the team he represents as well as Manti Te'o.

He is the perfect guy to lead the resurrection of this program."Before the USC game, Te'o stopped in the tunnel to meet with Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley, another player who deferred NFL riches but wound up saddled with five losses and a right arm hung limp on Senior Day thanks to a shoulder injury suffered a week before."Matt Barkley is my friend," Te'o said. "My heart went out to him. I made sure I went over to him before he ran out for the last time and just told him to enjoy it."So it was Te'o leaving the Coliseum field in joy, hugging Kelly in the tunnel and embracing a scene that was a dream come true.Weeks ago, as the Notre Dame community rallied around him after the death of his grandmother and girlfriend, he said he knew he made the right decision to return. He didn't know how right he was."Notre Dame should be at the top," Te'o said. "I'm just grateful to be part of that whole process."

* Good luck on the heisman award Te'o love and respect.
SURF808

Havelock North, New Zealand

#2 Nov 26, 2012
Thanks for posting this article Toa. Manaia le tala i se tasi fo'i alo o le atunu'u.

As for the ballots for the Heisman Award winner goes, Te'o stated it best: "...the heavenly Father answers prayers in ways 'we' don't know..."

Kind regards and best wishes Manti...
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#3 Nov 26, 2012
Wish him luck on the Heisman but even more luck in the championship game...Alabama or Georgia will be tough to beat...
raider4life

Hauula, HI

#4 Nov 27, 2012
Dang not bad for a kid from laie
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#5 Nov 27, 2012
raider4life wrote:
Dang not bad for a kid from laie
Why? Do Laie kids usually suk?
kava2drink

Makawao, HI

#6 Nov 27, 2012
Malo le taumafai a si alii o Manti. Ua mitamita le loto i mea lelei ua ia maua ma tau taua ai o ia ile taloga ole lakapi.

Just hope our brothers fom toga and other pacific islands will share the same sentiments rather than posting inappropriate comments because of their envious and jealousy of us samoan having one of our ow samoa son represent saming attending ND or for a from.
raider4life

Hauula, HI

#7 Nov 27, 2012
ulu poki wrote:
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Why? Do Laie kids usually suk?
hahaha go do your research you'll be surprised who's from out here
SURF808

Havelock North, New Zealand

#8 Nov 27, 2012
raider4life wrote:
<quoted text>hahaha go do your research you'll be surprised who's from out here
I heard that mostly steers and queers are from that part of Oahu! Is it true?

PIC and Fiji Boyz aside, can you convince me as to why I should come and hang loose or down a few brewskis with the bradas at Laie?

Cheers mate... or it Shaka bradda...:)

TOA

“"TUI MANU'A LO'U ALI'I E"”

Since: Jun 09

Compton, CA

#9 Nov 28, 2012
Oregonís Marcus Mariota was named Pac-12 offensive freshman of the year Monday, and the first-team all-conference quarterback.

Mariota was the only conference freshman on the two all-Pac-12 teams selected by coaches, and was the first freshman to be named first-team all-conference at quarterback since Todd Marinovich of USC in 1989.

He has a Pac-12 freshman record 30 touchdown passes entering Oregonís bowl game, and is fifth nationally in passing efficiency with a 165.36 quarterback rating. The Ducks have won or shared offensive freshman of the year three of the last four years, after LaMichael James was honored in 2009 and DeíAnthony Thomas shared it last season. Mariota was one of five Ducks on the all-conference first team, joined by running back Kenjon Barner, center Hroniss Grasu, outside linebacker Dion Jordan and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

* Congrats Mariota! You deserved it. Malo lava Uso
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#10 Nov 28, 2012
TOA wrote:
Oregonís Marcus Mariota was named Pac-12 offensive freshman of the year Monday, and the first-team all-conference quarterback.
Mariota was the only conference freshman on the two all-Pac-12 teams selected by coaches, and was the first freshman to be named first-team all-conference at quarterback since Todd Marinovich of USC in 1989.
He has a Pac-12 freshman record 30 touchdown passes entering Oregonís bowl game, and is fifth nationally in passing efficiency with a 165.36 quarterback rating. The Ducks have won or shared offensive freshman of the year three of the last four years, after LaMichael James was honored in 2009 and DeíAnthony Thomas shared it last season. Mariota was one of five Ducks on the all-conference first team, joined by running back Kenjon Barner, center Hroniss Grasu, outside linebacker Dion Jordan and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
* Congrats Mariota! You deserved it. Malo lava Uso
Johhny Football is the man though...My heart wants Te'o to win the Heisman, but my brain tells me that Manziel SHOULD win it.. but we'll see.

Since: Aug 12

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#11 Nov 28, 2012
He's aight.. He will be a broke azz before he even becomes famous, just like the rest of them Samoan fia assletes. anywho, I hope you make it Manti Ti'o... LOL haha

Since: May 10

American Samoa

#12 Nov 28, 2012
Manti Te'o will win the Heisman because of the intangibles he brought to the team.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#13 Nov 28, 2012
manoa wrote:
Manti Te'o will win the Heisman because of the intangibles he brought to the team.
Malie Manti Ti'o... lmao hahaha
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#14 Nov 28, 2012
Poly KING wrote:
He's aight.. He will be a broke azz before he even becomes famous, just like the rest of them Samoan fia assletes. anywho, I hope you make it Manti Ti'o... LOL haha
lol.. like Jonah Lomu?.. lol

Since: Aug 12

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#15 Nov 28, 2012
ulu poki wrote:
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lol.. like Jonah Lomu?.. lol
no, like Sapolu, Junior Seau, and Boo Ya tribe. all broke. RIP Seau! LOL
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#16 Nov 28, 2012
Poly KING wrote:
<quoted text>no, like Sapolu, Junior Seau, and Boo Ya tribe. all broke. RIP Seau! LOL
nice try.. Sapolu the guy with 4 super bowl rings? lol none are broke.. pls try again..
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#17 Nov 28, 2012
A shame what happened to Lomu though... im sure he wasnt making that much money but whatever he had he got mesmerized by those white pipis..

Since: Aug 12

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#18 Nov 28, 2012
ulu poki wrote:
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nice try.. Sapolu the guy with 4 super bowl rings? lol none are broke.. pls try again..
um, yea... Sapolu is broke like a joke. Boo Ya tribe had money for a couple weeks and now back in the projects and Junior Seau (God rest his soul) committed suicide because his palangi wife ate whatever was left in his account (which was not that much)... So yea, they all broke! LOL
ulu poki

Orlando, FL

#19 Nov 28, 2012
Poly KING wrote:
<quoted text>um, yea... Sapolu is broke like a joke. Boo Ya tribe had money for a couple weeks and now back in the projects and Junior Seau (God rest his soul) committed suicide because his palangi wife ate whatever was left in his account (which was not that much)... So yea, they all broke! LOL
lol.. jealousy isnt a good look gorilla..No poly athlete ever as broke as Lomu..,,sad story.

Since: Aug 12

Location hidden

#20 Nov 28, 2012
ulu poki wrote:
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lol.. jealousy isnt a good look gorilla..No poly athlete ever as broke as Lomu..,,sad story.
broke is broke... poor Sapolu, Seau, and Pu Ya tribe. LOL

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