Manti Te’o is an American professional richest football player who has a net worth of $3.5 million. On October 20, 2020, Te’o signed a 1-year contract with the Chicago Bears with an annual salary of $132,000.
Manti Malietau Louis Te’o was born on January 26, 1991, in Hawaii, United States. Te’o was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft 2013 by the San Diego Chargers.
He played college football at Notre Dame from 2009 to 2012 for Notre Dame Fighting Irish football.
Te’o led the Fighting Irish in tackles with 133 in 2010 and 128 in the 2011 season. He returned to Notre Dame senior season on December 11, 2011.
In season 2012, Notre Dame ranked in the top 19 nationally in four defensive categories and ranked second in the nation in scoring defense with 10.33 points per game.
Te’o was well known and very defensive player in whole college football history. He was named a national scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation.
Manti Te’o won the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, Lott Trophy on 2012 along with the Maxwell Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and the Butkus Award, and the Walter Camp Award.
In his four-year career at Notre Dame, he has 437 total tackles.
On May 10, 2013, Manti Teo signed a four-year contract with San Diego Chargers. Te’o ended the season of 2013 with 61 tackles and 4 passes defended in 13 games.
Te’o made his NFL debut in a week 4 matchup against Dallas Cowboys after an injury in his leg in August 2013. Chargers won the game as Te’o finished the game with three tackles.
Manti finished the 2014 season with 61 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 3 pass deflections.
Te’o missed four games in 2015 and had 63 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble.
Manti Te’o was one of the San Diego Chargers team captains for the 2016 season. Te’o signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on March 21, 2017.
Te’o did not play for most of the games of Season 2018 and 2019. On October 20, 2020, He signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad. Te’o hasn’t signed any contract for 2022.
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Te’o Ethnicity, religion & political views are unknown according to sources like IMDb & Wikipedia.
Manti Te’o Family/ Parents
Manti Te’o was born in Hawaii, United States, in January 1991. Te’o Parents are Brian and Ottilia Te’o. Te’o has five siblings: four sisters, a brother, Brie Anne, Tiare, Eden, and Maya, and a brother Manasseh.
Manti Te’o Wife
Manti Te’o married his girlfriend Jovi Nicole Engbino on August 28, 2020, in La Jolla, California. Jovi Nicole Engbino, the wife of Manti Te’o, is Personal Trainer and Beauty Consultant.
Jovi and Manti Te’o have one daughter named Hiromi together. She was born in August 2021.
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Manti Te’o Girlfriend Hoax
Te’o told many media that his grandmother and girlfriend died on September 11, 2012.
Te’o said that his girlfriend was a student of Stanford University, Lennay Kekua and she was injured in a car accident and was discovered during her treatment to have leukemia.
After receiving an anonymous email tip in January 2013, reporters of the sports blog Deadspin investigated Kekua’s identity.
On January 16, they published an article that Kekua did not exist and confirmed that pictures of Kekua that had been used in the media were actually of Diane O’Meara.
After much other news, Te’o agreed to a January 18 interview with a sports journalist in which he confirmed she is inaccurate. Te’o explained he had lied to his father and others about meeting her in person.
He explained that Tuiasosopo represented herself as Lennay Kekua’s cousin. Te’o said Tuiasosopo confessed to him on January 16; she was behind the hoax.
It confirmed that Kekua did not exist on 2013. The former NFL player Reagan Maui’s said he twice met someone claiming to be Kekua. They introduced by Tuiasosopo, whom he believed to be Kekua’s cousin.
Te’o experience was the subject of Untold: The Girlfriend Who didn’t Exist, a two-part Netflix documentary released in August 2022.