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Manti Te’o press conference joins list of combine’s memorable podium moments

Posted By Christopher Price On February 24, 2013 @ 11:17 am In General | No Comments

INDIANAPOLIS — The Manti Te’o press conference that dominated things on Saturday now goes down in combine history as the latest in a series of surreal podium moments over the last five years at Lucas Oil Stadium. While none of the appearances with the media carry much weight in the eyes of the NFL talent evaluators, here’s a look at some of the most notable Q&A’s with the media over the last five years:

Te’o: The linebacker out of Notre Dame went for roughly 14 minutes with the media at the combine on Saturday afternoon, facing all sorts of questions about the fake girlfriend hoax that had reduced him to a pop-culture punchline. He acquitted himself well in the spotlight, and while there wasn’t enough time to get into every aspect of the sideshow that has dominated his life the last month-plus, it was a step in the right direction.

Ryan Mallett: The quarterback had a memorable session at the podium in 2010 where he faced down character questions that had dogged him over the course of his career at Arkansas and Michigan. He ultimately dropped to New England in the third round.

Tim Tebow: The quarterback was the star of the 2010 combine, but didn’t appear too ruffled by his time in the spotlight. He helpfully arranged the recorders at the podium for some media members, and breezed through a session that lasted more than 10 minutes with the national media. He ended up going in the first round to the Broncos.

Cam Newton: The year after Tebow, it was Newton who drew the largest crowd, where he was asked about saying he was “not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon.” In an opening statement he read from the podium, he said his commitment was to be the “best possible football player I can be.” (He also referred to himself in the third person on several occasions.) Newton participated fully in all the drills, and went No. 1 overall to the Panthers.

Michael Crabtree: In 2009, the wide receiver out of Texas Tech walked to the podium with a smile and delivered a 20-second statement on why he wouldn’t be running at the combine that week before strolling away. (He had a stress fracture in his foot.) He was later drafted by San Francisco.


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