Manti Te’o has been one of the most inspirational and resounding figures in all of sports this fall as he has excelled in the face of adversity for his upstart Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Despite losing both his grandmother and girlfriend within 24 hours of each other in the week before the September 15th Michigan State game, Te’o has emerged as one of the most feared defensive forces of the last decade. His emotional play has acted as a catalyst for the entire Notre Dame team, leading them to an 8-0 record and number three BCS Ranking.
Due to his exceptional play, Te’o has become a real contender to be only the second true defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy. Yet before Te’o can add this glorious honor to his resume, five things must occur.