Manti Te’o is moving past the controversy that once seemed to taint his draft stock and is now focusing on stopping the run or getting to the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers.
Te’o, who signed a four-year deal with the Chargers on Thursday, participated in his first day of rookie camp on Friday in San Diego.
“I'm here to play football,” the linebacker said, according to the Associated Press. “I'm not focusing on what is going on on the outside. I'm worried about what we're doing here in San Diego and I'm looking forward to when the veterans come in on Monday.”
As a senior at Notre Dame, Te’o was a finalist for the Hesiman Trophy while intercepting seven passes -- the most by a major college linebacker in a single season since 2001 -- and led the Fighting Irish with 113 tackles en route to a No. 1 national ranking and Bowl Championship Series national-title game appearance against the Alabama Crimson Tide.