Remember when Manti Te'o was boring? I remember half-watching the Heisman ceremony in December and thinking that Te'o seemed like a non-entity—someone who made Collin Klein, a man about whom the most interesting facts are the extra "L" in his first name and that he basically didn't touch his wife before they got married—seem scintillating. Te'o struck many as a deer in headlights well before the Kekua saga, and now he's retreating down that path again, just a big ol' football guy with not much he's willing (or able) to talk about except being a big ol' football guy. Unless he's in the green room on draft day, Manti Te'o's media availability today at the NFL scouting combine, during which he wore that shirt to distract attention from the fake girlfriend angle, might be our last tiny glimpse of Interesting Te'o for years. It was a wild five weeks.
Anyway, here's what went on, more or less, in case you were outside or not watching Twitter or the NFL Network today, a Saturday, one of a limited number of Saturdays you'll ever experience on this earth:
There are a few people in this Manti Te'o press conferencetwitpic.com/c697za— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2013
Looks like Manti Te'o is handling this grilling fine. Really wanting to move on to football topics. Says "I could've handling things better"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2013
Te'o is opening up. Says it was "embarrassing" to go thru his catfish situation. If he was embarrassed still, he said, he wouldn't be here— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2013
Manti Te'o: "What I bring to the table is a lot of heart, a lot of energy, and somebody who works hard.”— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 23, 2013
Te'o said he has not considered taking legal action against Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 23, 2013
Te'o said the hardest moment was a phone call from sister about sneaking their family home to avoid people parked in the front yard.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 23, 2013
Manti Te'o says he's met with the Texans and Packers, and has 18 more meetings set for this week.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 23, 2013
Te'o takes a moment to thank everyone in his life at the end. Says he hopes, because he answered everything, we can move on.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 23, 2013
Te'o says the lesson he's taken is to "Keep your circle very small. ... I just learned to appreciate the people around me."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 23, 2013
Manti Te'o is having one of the most boring press conferences he's ever had actually.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) February 23, 2013
And then it was over. We'll have video soon, just to savor the moment. Bye, Interesting Te'o!