FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Alabama center Barrett Jones was hobbling toward the plane, awkwardly clutching crutches and a bag when a helping hand reached out.
"Here, let me get this for you," said Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker.
Just a show of good manners from one of college football's best to another as they started an awards circuit that took them from New York to Houston to Orlando. And now they'll meet again, even farther south in the BCS championship Monday.
Jones and Te'o are the most acclaimed players on teams with national honors galore, and their upbeat personalities give college football just what it needs right now -- an image boost -- after being hit wave upon wave of scandal from State College, Pa., to Miami over the past couple of years.
Both players could be drawing sizable NFL paychecks right now, but they opted to stick around for their senior seasons and wrap up degrees. It's no coincidence that their teams have wound up here playing for a national ti...