We don't know if it's all the pressure because of his newfound celebrity or what, but Manti Te'o needs to step it up!
Right now, the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is going on.
It's basically tryouts for the NFL.
Manti hasn't been doing so well, running the 40-yard-dash in only 4.82 seconds, when he'd been running 4.46s before.
(That's a big difference, 4.8 isn't impressive for a professional level.)
"It's very exhausting. You ask anyone here it's a very exhausting process. I did OK. I can obviously do a lot better. Today was just a long, long, long, long day."
He can make excuses all he wants, but he really needs to perform to get over the bias against him because of his infamy.
The one thing that is apparently unspoken among the scouts at the combine are the rumors that Manti is secretly gay.
It shouldn't make a difference! If anything, it should make him more valuable as the first openly gay player in the NFL, if he is in fact gay, which he swears he isn't.
Hopefully, everyone can look past the bad day and the stupid rumors and just let him play some ball!
[Image via AP Images.]