It’s been a while since NFL fans heard the name of Manti Te’o.
After sitting out the past two seasons, Manti Te’o has finally confirmed his NFL career is over.
The 32-year-old spoke to TMZ Sports and stated, “I’m playing a different game now. I’m trying to empower people. Trying to inspire people. That’s the game that I’m playing now, and I’m trying to be the best at that.”
Te’o — a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft — last played in the league in the 2020 season when he suited up for the Chicago Bears. He spent most of that year on the team’s practice squad, though he did play in the team’s postseason game against the Saints, logging six tackles.
The former college star was the subject of the Netflix documentary series Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist released in August 2022 which was a film about the catfishing incident when he was dating a girl he’d never met who was said to have died in a car crash on the same day his grandmother died in September 2012.
The 2012 season saw Te’o lead the Fighting Irish to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the BCS Championship Game. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Johnny Manziel.
Manti Te’o played 7 seasons for the Chargers, Saints, and Bears.
In 62 career games, Te’o recorded 307 combined tackles and 22 tackles for loss.
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