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Te'o entered his first college game at the start of the second defensive series early in the second quarter versus Nevada on September 5, He returned in the middle of the season against the Oakland Raiders. Te'o came into his senior year as one of the most celebrated players and recruits both on the state and national levels, landing on a number of national top ten recruiting lists before the start of the season. Te'o's draft stock holds steady". He amassed tackles, including 11 sacks, forced three fumbles , tipped four passes and totaled 19 quarterback hurries.
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His eight-year tenure as head of the franchise led to the worst eight-year record in the history of the modern NFL , a. Millen assembled the personnel and coaching staff of the Lions , which became the first team to go This was the sole worst single-season record in league history until it was tied by the Cleveland Browns.
He is generally regarded as the worst, or one of the worst, general managers in the history of modern sports. Following his NFL career, he was a football commentator for several national television and radio networks. His last job before joining the Lions was as a member of the number two broadcast team for NFL on Fox ,  as well as being the color commentator for Monday Night Football on Westwood One. Millen was born and grew up in the Hokendauqua section of Whitehall, Pennsylvania a suburb of Allentown.
He was a standout high school football player for Whitehall, which played in the highly competitive East Penn Conference now known as the Lehigh Valley Conference. Following his career at Penn State, Millen entered the NFL Draft and was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the draft's 43rd overall selection in the second round.
He won a Super Bowl with each of these teams, including two with the Raiders one when the team was based in Oakland and one during their stint in Los Angeles. Millen finished his 12 NFL seasons with 11 sacks and 9 interceptions, which he returned for yards, and 8 fumble recoveries. He also returned 7 kickoffs for 72 yards. Tackles were not recorded at that time. At Fox, Millen came to be considered the number-two analyst for its nationally broadcast games, behind John Madden who had been teaming for years with Pat Summerall.
At that time, Millen had no prior player development or front office experience. When first approached by owner William Clay Ford, Sr. Ford, I really appreciate this, but I'm not qualified. You'll figure it out. Millen was the Lions' CEO for seven full seasons, from —07; during that time, the club compiled a record of with at least nine losses each season.
During the early part of Millen's tenure — , the Lions failed to win a road game for three years 0—24 before opening the season with a win at the Chicago Bears in Overall, the Lions went 8—50 on the road during the Millen era. Despite the team's record on the field, Millen was the second-highest paid general manager in the NFL.
Whether he was dismissed or resigned was unclear. Millen was named to the NFL competition committee on August 4, It started when ousted Lions coach Steve Mariucci was shown on the big screen, prompting a standing ovation for Mariucci and a loud chant of "Fire Millen!
Former Pistons power forward Rasheed Wallace even took part in the chant during a late timeout in a December 16, game against the Chicago Bulls. The "Fire Millen" chant returned in force to Ford Field during the second half of the Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins ,  when former Lions quarterback and first round pick Joey Harrington often a scapegoat for the Lions problems led the Dolphins to a victory over the Lions, dropping the Lions' record to On December 9, , in protest of Millen's poor record, one Detroit Lions fan site, known as "The Lions Fanatics," led by owner Dan Spanos organized an "orange out" event, which encouraged Lions fans to show up at Ford Field clad in hunter's orange , the color of their opponent that week, the Cincinnati Bengals.
However, on September 24, , Millen's tenure as team president and general manager ended. The Lions would finish the season with a record of and would not win again until Week 3 of the season. On the January 3, edition of NBC's Football Night in America , Millen admitted his role in the team's downfall, saying he would have fired himself after the season. Sullivan said the punch made him "see stars" and that he required stitches.
Millen later called the incident "a good hit". In December , following a Lions 45—17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium , Millen once again came under fire, after a postgame incident with former Lions and then-Chiefs wide receiver Johnnie Morton.
Te'o has total tackles in his four-year career at Notre Dame. He ranks third all-time in school history behind Bob Crable , —81 and Bob Golic , — He started in 47 consecutive games, beginning with the fourth game of his freshman season, at that point the longest streak of any linebacker in the country.
Forgoing the chance of a professional career in , Te'o decided to return to Notre Dame after the season,  despite being projected a late first-round pick for the NFL Draft as early as mid-season of At the conclusion of the college football season, Te'o signed with agent Tom Condon. He was selected in the second round, 38th overall by the San Diego Chargers ,  as the second inside linebacker in the draft behind Alec Ogletree. My parents can come and watch, I can go home, it's San Diego," said Te'o on draft day.
On May 10, , Te'o signed a four-year contract with the Chargers. Te'o injured his right foot in the Chargers' preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on August 8, which caused him to miss the remainder of preseason as well as the regular season opener against the Houston Texans. Te'o finished the game with three tackles as the Chargers won. Te'o looked to improve from ; however, on September 23, , Te'o suffered a fractured foot.
He returned in the middle of the season against the Oakland Raiders. A few weeks later, in the Chargers comeback victory against the San Francisco 49ers , Te'o earned his first NFL sack by sacking Colin Kaepernick —coincidentally, the first player Te'o tackled in his collegiate career—on a 4th down play. Manti finished the season with 61 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 3 pass deflections. In , Te'o had 63 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble. On September 5, , Te'o was named one of the San Diego Chargers ' team captains for the season.
Te'o was born in Laie, Hawaii , on January 26, , of Samoan ancestry. In high school, Te'o had a 3. Te'o also became an Eagle Scout in November Te'o told many media outlets that both his grandmother and his girlfriend had died on September 11, After receiving an anonymous email tip in January , reporters Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey of the sports blog Deadspin conducted an investigation into Kekua's identity.
On January 16, they published an article alleging that Kekua did not exist and pointed to a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo as involved in the hoax of a relationship with Te'o. On the same day the Deadspin article was published, Notre Dame issued a statement that "Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia.
Te'o mentioned Kekua's death in at least four separate interviews in the days following the phone call.
In response to the growing suspicions that he was involved in the hoax, Te'o agreed to a January 18 interview with sports journalist Jeremy Schaap in which he maintained his innocence. Te'o explained that he had lied to his father and others about meeting her in person because he thought he would be seen as "crazy" for having a serious relationship with a woman he had never met.
Te'o said that Tuiasosopo confessed to him on January 16 that he was behind the hoax. In a January 24 interview on Katie with Katie Couric , Te'o played three voicemails left by Kekua and said the voice "sounds like a girl", an assessment with which many agreed. Phil on January 31 and February 1, Tuiasosopo confessed to the hoax; he admitted to falling in love with Te'o and using the Kekua identity as an escape. He also recreated the female voice behind a privacy screen. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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