Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/5/13
We all know that the media is well known for blowing stories out of proportion, and this couldn't be any more the case than with Manti Te'o and the fake dead girlfriend saga. Te'o was the emotional leader for the Fighting Irish and won several awards for his efforts. He was a very good player that did one of two things; got duped by a professional con-artist, or made up a fake girlfriend for whatever reason. Neither of which are criminal offenses. Guys have done much worse and gone into the league and have done nice things. Let's not forget that Ray Lewis was involved in a nightclub murder case and everyone seemed to forget about that. Te'o is a quiet, low-key guy off the field who never went out around South Bend. He's an ideal player to come in and make a difference without having to worry about alcohol, drugs, and partying hindering his ability to be on the field. Can we just get over the fake girlfriend? In the whole scheme of things, it's really not that big of a deal.The big concern the Chargers will have is if Te'o can fight off a block and get in the backfield on a consistent basis, something he was unable to do against a pro-like offensive line at Alabama in the championship game. San Diego doesn't have a dominant defensive front so Te'o is going to have to fight off a lot of one on one and double teams. This may be a challenge for him based off of what we saw in January. Personally, I think Te'o is going to have a productive career in the NFL. I'm not going to say he's going to be a Hall of Fame-caliber guy, but he will be a nice linebacker for years to come in San Diego. Hopefully for his sake as well as his new teammates sake, this drama with the girlfriend will die down and he can focus on moving forward with football. 
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