In sports, actions speak louder than words. It is nearly impossible to evaluate Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o on the tangled web of words he has provided about a girlfriend, a woman he called the love of his life, who never existed.
What is real about Te’o, what put him in the Heisman Trophy race and helped Notre Dame regain relevance, is his playing ability. Tackles, interceptions, instinctive displays of brilliance, those can’t be faked or fabricated with Twitter posts and Facebook photos. They’re real.