Prep level awards:
State Defensive Player of the Decade (2000–2009)
2008 Butkus Award (HS)
2008 Sporting News High School Athlete of the Year
2008 USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year
2009 PARADE All-American
2008 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year
2007 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year
2008 State Defensive Player of the Year
2007 State Defensive Player of the Year
2009 All-American Donny Martin Award
College level awards:
Heisman Trophy Runner-Up (2012)
Lott Trophy (2012)
Maxwell Award (2012)
Chuck Bednarik Award (2012)
Walter Camp Award (2012)
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (2012)
Butkus Award (2012)
Lombardi Award (2012)
Senior CLASS Award (2012)
ARA Sportsmanship Award (2012)
Unanimous First Team All-American (2012)
Capital One First Team Academic All-American (2012)
2× FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012)
Consensus Second Team All-American (2011)
Capital One Second Team Academic All-American (2011)
CNNSI Second Team All-American (2010)
CFN Freshman All-American (2009)
Rivals.com Second Team Freshman All-American (2009)
Rated the top defensive player in the nation and second-best player in the country by Sporting News.
Rated the second-best overall prospect in the ESPNU150 and best linebacker according to ESPN.
Ranked fifth nationally in SI/TAKKLE Top 200 for 2008.
Rated third in 2009 Athlon Consensus 100.
Ranked sixth nationally by Scout.com and its top linebacker prospect.
Ranked the 12th-best overall player nationally and second-best inside linebacker by Rivals.com.
Rated the best player in Hawaii according to Rivals.com's postseason state rankings.
Listed seventh nationally in Chicago Sun-Times rating of top 100 players.
Rated the 12th-best all around player by Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports in his Top 100.
Named to Superprep Elite 50 squad as 12th-best overall player.
Named to Superprep All-America team as second-best linebacker in the county.
Named Superprep Far West Defensive Player of the Year.
Named top overall prospect in the Offense-Defense 100.
Top vote-getter among defensive players in Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2009 Best in the West team.
Selected to Western 100 in 2008 by Tacoma News Tribune.
Named to 2008 MaxPreps All-America first-team defense as a senior.
These awards garnered during his high-school and college careers make him one of the most highly decorated prospects to ever play the game of football. With offers from 30+ college programs, he was on the national top ten recruiting lists of the majority schools before the start of his senior year. With this he was considered the highest recruited talent regardless of sport in his home state.
If you have not guessed by now, It is Manti Te'o. Like it or not, for whatever reason(s) you may have, odds are good that Vikings GM Rick Speilman goes after the Notre Dame phenom hot and heavy in this years draft.
I wont defend Mr. Te'o's actions off the field. Nor will I curse Speilman for drafting him. Looking at the lists of his accomplishments above, can you really blame him? Really? .........Really?