If you are a fan of college football then most likely you remember hearing about the tragedies that surrounded Manti Te’o, the star middle linebacker for the Notre Dame fighting Irish, during the 2012 season. There were numerous interviews and articles detailing the near simultaneous deaths of his grandmother and his girlfriend during his senior year at Notre Dame. Yet through it all Te’o not only endured, but he overcame in leading the Fighting Irish to their first appearance in the National Championship game since the 1988 season.
Now it seems that all of the drama surrounding Te’o’s girlfriend was one elaborate hoax. You can read the Deadspin article here. It really is a strange tale. It is hard to determine what is truth and what is fiction, especially after watching the press conference by Notre Dame’s Athletic Director. However, there is one thing that is almost certain. Manti Te’o has in all likelihood lost a very substantial amount of money.
Te’o was regarded by most as a top 10 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. This was even after his less than scintillating performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship game. Under the NFL rookie wage scale Te’o would have received a contract in the neighborhood of $12.1 million dollars if he were drafted at the number 10 spot in April’s draft. This is based on the actual salary of the tenth pick in the 2012 Draft, Stephon Gilmore. If it is determined that Manti Te’o was complicit in the spreading of this story then I think he will have a nice wait on draft day as he plummets down the board.
If Te’o only dropped down to the first pick in the second round, which incidentally is held by the Kansas City Chiefs, he would stand to lose approximately $6.7 million dollars over the course of his rookie contract. This figure is derived from comparing Gilmore’s contract with that of Brian Quick, the first pick in the second round of the 2012 Draft. That is a fantastic amount money. It is much more than the average American makes in a lifetime of work.
Notre Dame is a very high profile university. As their top graduating senior and as someone that was headed to the NFL, Te’o would have had a chance at significant endorsement money. This will now in all likelihood be unavailable for him in the medium-term. Manti Te’o may not need the career makeover that Lance Armstrong needs, but he has certainly put himself into a very difficult situation. It will be interesting to see how the story finally shakes out.
Dwight is a fan of all things football.