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Te‘o’s tour finishes in New York

December 8, 2012
By RALPH D. RUSSO , The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was looking forward to a break after a five-cities-in-five-days tour, during which he has become the most decorated player in college football.

"I'm just trying to get a workout in and get some sleep," the Punahou School graduate said Friday about his plans for the night.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel seemed to have more energy when he arrived at a midtown Manhattan hotel with his fellow Heisman Trophy finalist. In fairness, Johnny Football's week hasn't been nearly as hectic, though this trip to New York City is different from the first time he visited with his family when he was young.

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Manti Te‘o of Notre Dame and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M pose with the Heisman Trophy on Friday.

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"It's just taking it up a whole 'nother level, but happy to be here," he said.

Manziel and Te'o spent about 30 minutes getting grilled by dozens of reporters in a cramped conference room, posed for some pictures with the big bronze statue that they are hoping to win and were quickly whisked away for more interviews and photo opportunities.

Manziel, Te'o or Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will receive the Heisman today, each with a chance at history.

Fact Box



7 a.m.-FCS quarterfinal: Georgia Southern at Old Dominion, ESPN

8 a.m.-SWAC championship: Jackson St. vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, ESPNU

10 a.m.-Army vs. Navy, CBS

3 p.m.-Heisman Trophy presentation, ESPN

Manziel would be the first freshman to claim the award. Te'o would be the first winner to play exclusively defense. Klein would be Kansas State's first recipient.

Manziel and Te'o were on the same flight from Orlando, Fla., where several awards were handed out Thursday. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback was just happy that the 6-2, 255-pound linebacker didn't try to record another sack when they met.

"He's a big guy," Manziel said, flashing a big smile from under his white Texas A&M cap. "I thought he might stuff me in locker and beat me up a little bit."

The two hadn't had much time for sightseeing, but did walk around Times Square some, saying hello to a few fans.

"We've just been talking about goofy stuff. Playing video games. Playing Galaga. Just some things from back in the day. Messing around with each other," Manziel said. "Kind of seeing who is going to take more pictures. He's definitely taking that award right now."

Te'o is already going to need a huge trophy case after this week's haul. He has won six awards, including the Maxwell and Walter Camp prizes as national player of the year. He'll try to become Notre Dame's eighth Heisman winner and first since Tim Brown in 1987.

"I can only imagine how I would feel if I win the Heisman," he said.



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