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Te’o sparks pep rally crowd

Oct 22, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

Teo Pointing Air Force

In a year where Robert Blanton has quoted Genghis Khan, and on a night where Irish basketball coach Mike Brey went crowd surfing and the Notre Dame student body unveiled their Trojan horse, the scene for the Irish pep rally was a bit more electric than most.

But the evening was stolen by Manti Te’o. The junior linebacker who was named defensive game captain for the Irish took to the microphone, a place he claims to be uneasy. Yet Te’o’s remarks — especially those aimed at Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin — got a huge roar out of the crowd.

You can see the video for yourself at, but Te’o channeled his inner Winston Churchill, and the speech served notice that the heart of the Irish defense is ready for tonight.

“This isn’t really my strong suit right here, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Earlier this week, I heard Coach Kiffin say this is our Super Bowl. He said this is our Super Bowl. He said that he was happy that he could be part of Notre Dame’s history. Let me tell you something that my history teacher told me. He said history is very inaccurate. Because history is told from the mouths of those who dominate. History is told from the eyes of those who conquer others. History is a bunch of stories of guys who win championships. Let me tell you one of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill. He said, ‘History will be kind to me, because I intend to write its pages.’

“Mr. Kiffin. I already have a chapter on you from last year. And tomorrow, these guys behind me we’re about to add another chapter to that book. Go Irish.”

With a little less than eight hours until kickoff, there’s a blue sky overhead and a stream of cars headed to campus.

  1. vegasmark - Oct 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Are you paying attention ‘Mr. Kiffin’?

  2. NDfan1224 - Oct 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM


  3. barneysbullet - Oct 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Wow Mr. Manti Te’o…you’re given’ me goosebumps!!

    WE ARE…ND!!

  4. Jennifer - Oct 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Way to go Manti! What a leader! South Bend Tribune special edition devoted front page to Manti. It’s worth the read at

  5. gtizzo - Oct 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Te’o an already great player who is still looking to get better and faster. He might consider more speeches because when he lets it rip the only responds I can come up with is WOW! He is going to have a huge game tonight maybe 20 tackles.

  6. cmb79 - Oct 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Man, I’m gonna miss this kid when he gets drafted. What a leader.

  7. kiopta1 - Oct 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Man if I was on this ND team and Manti said this….I sure as hell would be ready to go to battle with him.

  8. bwc2424 - Oct 25, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Where do we get a copy of this new chapter?? 10 tackles, majority of them on 7-8 yd trojan gains and was out of position on two tds…

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