Te’o thinks he’s ‘pretty prepared’ for NFL

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Te’o said he’s dealt with the circus the last few months by “just finding time for myself. I found time for myself with my family. I found a lot of peace and a lot of joy just hanging out with my friends, hanging out with my family. Me going back to Hawaii was the best thing that happened to me, just to be around my family.”

What should people know about him?

“I’m just a regular 22-year-old kid,” Te’o said. “I just love to hang out with friends, love to play football. Just normal. Just like everybody else.”

Te’o said his biggest influences were the late Junior Seau, who starred with San Diego for 13 seasons, and Ray Lewis, who retired after leading Baltimore to the Super Bowl win against San Francisco.

“It starts off with Junior,” Te’o said. “Me being a Polynesian-Samoan kid, you look up to Junior. He’s a Samoan man who was a trailblazer for kids like me. Everybody knows what Ray Lewis does, not only as a player but what he does as a teammate, rallying his guys, being that leader. When he says something, people listen. I’ve always watched that, the enthusiasm, energy and tenacity.”

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