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In the most difficult of times, Manti Te'o rose to the occasion. After losing his girlfriend and grandmother in less than 48 hours last week, Te'o had the option of returning home to Hawaii to be with his family in this time of mourning.
However, Te'o told Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick that he "needed to be with his guys" (h/t Mike Lopresti, USA Today).
All the credit in the world is deserved by the senior linebacker, who has been nothing short of a perfect leader of the Irish program during the past three seasons. He's a gentleman off the field, and a beast on it, particularly when he racks up double-digit tackles, as he did on Saturday night.
But Te'o has reminded us all that football is just a game. That's all it is. He has taught us that the most important things in life are spirituality and family. And I thank him for that.