Did Manti Te’o Have a Good NFL Career?
Manti Te’o was a star linebacker for Notre Dame, but did he have a good NFL career? Let’s take a look.
A Star In College
Manti Te’o was an absolute star linebacker in college. He won the Bronco Nagurski Trophy for being the best defensive player in college football in 2012 and the Dick Butkus Award for the best linebacker in 2012. He also made the All-American First Team three times as well as the Bednarik Award for being the best defensive player in 2012. He also led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season in 2012 and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game.
A Steady NFL Career
Manti Te’o was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the team and posted steady numbers, including:
- 231 total tackles
- 1.5 sacks
- 3 forced fumbles
- 3 interceptions
- 14 passes defended
He also earned two Pro Bowl selections during his time in the NFL.
Overall, Manti Te’o had a good NFL career. He wasn’t a superstar, but he was consistent and reliable, and he showed that he could play at an elite level when needed. He may not have lived up to the expectations set by his college career, but he had a successful NFL career.