Yeah, I'm all for Teo missing games, but not for something like this. I can't imagine losing two people that close to you at once.
Manti Te'o suffers personal tragedy, will probably still play v. State
I lost my mother to cancer and went through the hell of a funeral only to have her father pass away the morning after we put her to rest. It was not easy and derailed my head for a couple years. My thoughts are certainly with Manti.
I hope he can move forward from this, I know I'd be lost.
Thoughts and condolences to him and his girlfriends loved ones.
geez. best wishes to the kid.
Prayers go out to him right now. I cannot even fathom losing two loved ones (especially someone so young) in such a short period of time.
Cancer is such an awful disease. I know first hand cause I have it too.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
my best to you MGrow
Thanks guys. In remission right now so technically im a "cancer survivor". But I have to go every 6 months for a battery of tests to make sure it stays that way.
I don't like hearing news like this cause it makes think about what could happen if it doesn't.
Glad to hear you are well.
cancer's the kind of thing you have to be constantly vigilant about, even after you beat it. which kinda sucks, but it works for a lot of people! you got this, Grow.
when you have to change your avatar to "Mgrowolder and older and older."
I'm glad you're in remission, though. I hope it stays that way. The way you describe it makes me think of this XKCD "comic".
Thank you Blaze.....hey.....as my aging body continues to implode...I just found out I need a hearing aid in my left ear. If I remember correctly you also have hearing loss - do you mind if I ask do you wear one and if so....do you have any particular ones you'd recommend?
That's a tough 1-2 combo to the chin for the kid. Condolences.
Prayers for him and his family as my heart breaks for anyone who loses loved ones to that disease.
Man, you wouldn't wish this on anyone. Best wishes to him, and I hope the unconfirmed reports about his grandmother are wrong.
wow. poor guy. when it rains it pours. however, i think he plays.
Well, if he doesn't play it might not just be a willingness to play thing as him being out of town for a funeral, or with family.
Teo is from Hawaii, and although I don't know where his gf or grandma live, it's possible either or both of them are out of town. So if he took right off to be with family and attend a funeral, he might not be around for the game, or prepared.
That is just awful.
That sucks. But play and kill state, they wouldn't want anything less.
I'm sure they would want less. They might want him to play, but I'm sure they don't want him to kill them.
Always liked the kid (except when he played against us), he showed a lot of class coming back this year. Condolences to him and his family, hope he finds some peace and solace
No person should endure that. Sad...
Thoughts with him and the respective families.
Seriously. I have worked in oncology for over 8 years as a healthcare practitioner. I have seen more than a few cases where someone is diagnosed with cancer and the spouse leaves them because they can't handle going through the process.
Te'o obviously could have left at any time and focused more on football, having fun, school, whatever. It speaks volumes of his character that he supported her through the process.
I hope whenever it is that he returns, he has a career day as he will most certainly be playing in honor of those two women.
I know this is lower on the importance scale but in an era of big time college football, and the stereotypes that come along with it. I for one am impressed in a kid who obviously stuck with a girlfriend who had cancer. This couldn't have been easy for him with the pressures of being "the athelete" on campus and I'm sure many of young females trying to get his attention.
Not to take away from your point, but Teo is Mormon, so I'm sure his lifestyle on campus is a lot different than your typical star athlete.
Did not know that. Interesting, in that he attends, well a Catholic school. Anyway, moot point.
Definitely feel for the guy. I'm sure he'll be playing for a lot more than just school pride (etc.) the rest of this year (and even further into his career, for that matter).
I think we can all come together and say "To hell with Leukemia". I can't imagine dealing with that at that age, thoughts and prayers to Te'o.
such a young age to deal with something like that.
This is Sad
Just awful news to hear, my prayers will be with Manti and his family in this very difficult time. Stay strong, big fella.
In his journal he wrote "The light has gone out of my life." and put a X in the rest of the space for that day.
My sympathies to Manti Te'o and the affected families.
I'd just like to take this opportunity to give a nice, hearty "fuck you" to cancer. What a terrible disease.
Cancer is a test for mankind and we need to rise up to the challenge to beat it.
and for the families involved. Seems like a great young man, and hope he attends to his personal business with strength and resolve.
Very sad. Couldn't imagine losing my girlfriend whom I've been with since high school. Would be like someone tearing half of me apart. Especially at such a young age like that. Not to mention a family member as well.
I feel for him.
Seriously. I got dumped by my longtime girlfriend at about his age and I thought the world was going to end (it didn't). I can't imagine how I would have been if she died.
My condolences and thoughts to Manti Te'o, his family and his girlfriend's family.
I cannot imagine losing two people I love dearly in the space of a day.
That's just awful. Te'o is a great player and even better kid - I can't even imagine what he's going through right now.
out to both families...
cancer sucks!!! i lost my mom to it in 2005 after a 5 year fight...
T'eo to my prayer list. Stay tough, kid.
Sometimes life just sucks. Horrible disease.
Too young to live through that.
May the Lord bless and keep him strong. Be even more thankful than normal that you are NOT a Spartan football player today.
Yikes. As someone who is personally going through a form of this dreaded illness to a loved one, my thoughts and prayers go out to Manti and his loved ones.
Damn, poor guy. Good news that he's able to play.
This means Spartys fledgling new offense will be facing exactly 2 other returning starters from the ND defense they played last year: OLB Prince Shembo, and SS Jamoris Slaughter (my vote for coolest sports name ever, just saying) But 5 of the other starters were playing in the 2 deep last year so it isn't so bad. Interesting to see how Sparty passes against NDs depleted backfield, and how well Bell rushes against their front 7 after they faced Navy's option and shut down Purdues modest running game. Also interesting to see which qb(s) ND will play.
I literally have no idea how either team will play this Saturday as both had close, ugly wins against similar opponents, and both had blowout wins over inferior opponents, but I'm betting ND can limit Spartys offense enough to win.
I have a feeling he could be in for a career game
I hate cancer so much. I hope he recovers to the best of his ability.
Sad news indeed. I wish he and his family the best through tough times.
This puts football watching into perspective.
I do agree with his decision/want to play, I just think that he will not be very effective and this will frustrate him. ND loses this game.
God bless all those who r victims of cancer
Ugh that's rough, but I commend him for wanting to play. This is something no one should ever have to go through.
Hope this fuels him to a career day.
Man, hurts my heart to hear this news.. No one should have to go through that.. I am about the same age as Teo (a year older I think) and I can't imagine how I would feel to lose my long term girlfriend, let alone my grandmother also in such a short span of time... As others have stated, I salute Teo for staying with his girlfriend through what had to be an incredibly hard and heart breaking process. Many married couples are not willing to do what Teo did, that says a lot about him as a man and about their relationship. Anyways, Teo, his family, and his girlfirend's family are in my thoughts... Good luck to him this weekend.
well guess i'm rooting for ND then
That's tough. Feel for the young man. He is going to be pissed off and taking it out on sparty
I feel for the kid. Its times like these you remember are time on earth is short! Football suddenly gets put on the back burner. I hope football become his outlet and inspiration to move forward.
His team and fans will support him, as will all college football fans. You really have to respect him and feel for his losses.
So sorry for this guy and we totally understand of he chose not to play and prayers are going his way. Will be rooting for him in the future.
Terrible tragedy. Thoughts all around.
Be blessed big guy.
are with you and the families that have also lost loved ones. I know what that is like.
Best wishes to this young man. That is heartbreaking. Kid's shouldn't have to go through that stuff.
Poor kid. I couldn't imagine losing two people that were close to me back to back like that. I wish him the best.
Best wishes to you Manti.