EAST LANSING, Mich. -- I really wanted to cast my first-place Heisman Trophy vote this season for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo.
I closely followed Teo after watching him shut down Michigan State, 20-3, in a game that earned both the Fighting Irish and Teo national acclaim that September night.
Despite the drubbing he put on Michigan State, the fans in Spartan Stadium showered him with love because they had heard the story -- that both his grandmother and, supposedly, his girlfriend had died during the week leading up to the game.
Afterward, Teo said: It was hard. I lost a woman who I truly love, but I have a family around me and my football family. At the end of the day, families are forever, and I will see them again someday.
Well, at least he might get to see his maternal grandmother, Annette Santiago, on the other side. The girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, according to a Deadspin.com investigation, doesn't exist.
Now we're left to wonder about the legacy of the player who led ...